St. Louis police to cut 50 officers by 2014 -

St. Louis police to cut 50 officers by 2014

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- The St. Louis Police Department will cut at least 50 officers over the next two years as a result of growing budget pressures.

The St. Louis Police Board approved the reductions which will be handled through attrition as officers retire.  Officials say no new academy classes will begin.

"A $53 million budget increase since I have been in office, but you can see we are losing officers," Mayor Francis Slay said.  "They are not getting pay raises, their benefits are not any better.  It really shows the problem we have got to address which is the pension costs which are out of control."

Mayor Slay says his office is meeting with the police union to discuss how pension costs can be reduced.

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