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Police funding cutbacks possible

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(WMC-TV) - Right now, MPD's proposed budget for 2014 is about $241 million dollars -- a nearly $4 million dollar increase over last year.

It's the largest part of the city's budget---and some council members say MPD may need to cut back on some services.

Those reduced services mean officers won't be dispatched to false alarms and loose dog calls. There were also questions about the increase of funding to lawsuits and training classes.

The suggestions brought on a heated debate during yesterday's budget committee meeting. The council agrees safety is critical, but that fiscal responsibility is also important.

"We're not taking boots off the street. We're not taking guns and bulletproof vests out of their cars," council member Harold Collins said.

"When you take away from that division of government, you're taking away from the citizens of Memphis," said council member Joe Brown.

The department's budget request was approved during that heated meeting, but it must go through three readings before its final approval. The 2014 Fiscal Year starts July 1.

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