Police layoffs may become reality in Asbury Park

ASBURY PARK - Asbury Park is facing a financial shortfall and pink slips have gone out to 35 of the city's 92 police officers. Asbury Park officials say they had to pay out $770,000 from this year's budget in raises that police won in arbitration.

News 12 New Jersey spoke to residents who say public safety will suffer if the officers are let go.

President of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association says Asbury Park ranks third in the state for violent crimes and is one of the lowest paid forces in Monmouth County.

The city manager says he's hopeful negotiations will help keep the jobs.

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