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Budget cuts could impact Ferguson Police Department

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FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) – There is speculation that cuts could be coming to the Ferguson Police Department and a decision will be made during Tuesday night’s city council meeting.

Delrish Moss has been the head of the police department for about a month. He told News 4 he expects the council to vote to trim the department’s budget, but it is too early to tell how money would be cut.

“Anytime there are budget cuts you have to be concerned because budget cuts means you also have to prioritize services so that in some cases they may be reduced,” said Moss. “What we’re looking at is federal grant funding we’re looking at a number of other ways to make sure we keep services at the level that they are and better.”

Moss said anytime there are budget cuts there is concern, but these cuts could come at a time when he is still assessing the department as a whole and looking for ways to cut costs.

“We’re going over the budget now line by line to see where we can trim some fat but right now what’s a priority for me is having police officers on the street so that we can take care of community policing and regular police services at the same time,” Moss said.

Moss told News 4 he will do everything he can to avoid reducing the amount of officers on the streets.

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