Alderman: Plan to cut police budget could hurt morale

Alderman Jeffrey Boyd says the police department may not feel valued if 98 vacant officer positions get eliminated
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St. Louis (KMOX) - Mayor Tishaura Jones' plan to eliminate the budget for 98 police officer vacancies still needs approval from the Board of Alderman. The plan would cut $4 million from the budget. And Alderman Jeffrey Boyd believes doing so could have adverse consequences.

"Everybody has value in the city of St. Louis in city government," Boyd said. "Just like in the military, we cannot accomplish our mission and protect this country if we don't work collaboratively together as a team.

"What I'm interested in is public safety and ensuring we have enough police officers on the street to protect our citizens. Even bigger than that is a grave concern of mine -- the morale of the police.

"It keeps looking like they're under attack. I'm really concerned they may shut down on the community and just not give 100 percent," Boyd said.

Jones' plan received initial approval from the fiscal Board of Estimate and Apportionment. It would shift the money to social services programs.

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