Huron Township Police Department expected to layoff several officers

(WXYZ) - Several police officers, more than one third of the department in Huron Township, will be out of a job after Saturday.  

Four full-time and four part-time cops are being laid off because of budget cuts. Right now, 21 officers are listed on the Huron Township Police Website.

Voters in the township turned down a police millage in November by a margin of 57 percent. Many full-time officers have several years with the department and have families.

The officers were notified about the cuts a couple of weeks ago. Many programs are also being eliminated to move the remaining officers to road patrol and other basic police services.  

Two school officers and two community policing officers are being laid off along with one detective, one narcotics officer, one auto theft officer and one DARE officer.

Police officers took concessions to try to avoid the deep cuts including no pay raises since 2009 and cuts to their healthcare.  Even if the township put the millage back on the ballot in 2013, the money would not be available until 2014.

The police chief is also retiring early next year. He is said to be upset over the cuts. Both he and the township supervisor did not return calls to 7 Action News.

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