Possible cuts to Chesterfield Police Department

Since public safety millage failed in November, Chesterfield Township may have to cut positions in police department

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CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Because the public safety millage failed in November, Chesterfield Township leaders estimate it will be forced to cut anywhere between 10 and 14 positions in the police department, including road officers, clerical and dispatchers.

A packed room Tuesday night let the Township Board know people aren't happy.

"It is quite obvious that the administration has done their job," said one citizen.

The way the money stands now, the Chesterfield Police Department is fully funded at current levels through this year. The Township Board will need to either find money or make layoffs this year to avoid putting the department in a precarious financial position going into 2014.

"I want to go on record to state what should be obvious to everyone in this township. The ramifications of the proposed police layoffs will have a disastrous effect on every employee and every resident of this township," said Ed Colinas, a Chesterfield Township police officer.

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