PATERSON - With a $54 million budget shortfall, the City of Paterson is looking to downsize its police force.
Many are voicing opposition to the plan, saying that by reducing that many officers it can negatively affect surrounding communities. Some of the surrounding communities have also made large cuts to their police force.
Under the current plan, the city can save $4 million, but Steve Olimpio, head of the Paterson police union, says that $4 million is a very small part of a $54 million hole and that sacrificing safety is not worth the $4 million in savings.
The police union and the city are planning on sitting down on Wednesday to discuss the possible layoffs and assess their actual size.