(Las Vegas, NV) — Sheriff Doug Gillespie says Metro Police can’t handle any more cuts that affect the force.
Gillespie tells the “Review-Journal” despite an expected $46 million shortfall next fiscal year, he can cut no more from the police budget.
Since 2009, Gillespie has cut more than 200 officers from the payroll, and an equal number of civilian workers. He plans to cut at least 115 more cops for fiscal year 2013.
The sheriff says crime has risen 7% from last year, and wants Clark County and the city of Las Vegas to contribute more money.
Both local governments are also hurting due to a drop in property tax revenue over the past three years.