(KMOV) -- The St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners approved a new budget Wednesday, but a couple million dollar gap remains between what the department says it needs and what the city has to offer.
The chief says his department needs more money than the city earmarked for it.
That means there could be fewer officers on the streets of St. Louis.
If the department doesn't get more funding, police officials says 65 police jobs would be eliminated through attrition.
The chief added the department is at a critical point and tough decisions have to be made if the department wants to avoid cuts of officers and civilian employees.
The current budget is more than $160 million.