Budget Forces Vegas Officers Off Outreach Teams

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Las Vegas police say a budget shortfall has forced them to suspend an anti-drug program for youth and reassign 26 officers back to normal patrol.

Department officials say they're dealing with a $46 million budget gap, even though they had built up a $78 million reserve four years ago, before the recession.

Fourteen officers have been taken off the D.A.R.E. program, which equips children and teens to say no to drugs and gangs. Twelve officers are being taken off the saturation team, which tries to get criminals off the streets in specific, high-crime "hot spots."

Sheriff Doug Gillespie called the reassignments a short-term fix and says the department will work with local leaders to come up with a more permanent solution to the patrol officer shortage.

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