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City budget cuts impacting Oakland City Police Department

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OAKLAND CITY, IN (WFIE) -

Budget cuts in Oakland City total more than $76,000 and that's impacting the police department. 

The Mayor of Oakland City says the city will get by, but he says with one more round of cuts, jobs could be lost. Some of the biggest cuts are being made at the police and Chief Alec Hensley says it's already a threat.

The police department will be losing $17,000 due to budget cuts this year. Hensley says, although he is doing everything in his power to keep all of his officers, the two temporary part-time positions may be eliminated.

"I want them to know that I'm trying to root for them. I want them to know that I am doing everything I can to accomplish the goal that has been set for us," he says.

Hensley says his job is becoming more and more difficult because of the limited funds.  

"We are here to protect and serve those who are in the city, those who cannot protect themselves, so our job is to come in and do that. To do that you have to have resources, you have to have man power," Hensley says.

He tells 14 News that salaries are not being affected, but money is being cut from many different areas including sick pay, vacation and holiday pay, and even expenses related to officer training, car repairs, and telephone bills.  

Hensley says there may be more cuts before the end of the year, but as always, his department and the city will make the best of it. 

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