Mesa Police forced to cut nearly 20 jobs due to budget

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Dept. will save around $13 million

MESA -- The Mesa Police Department confirms that they are going to reduce their workforce by 19 positions over the next 18 months.

The cuts come in an effort for city officials to meet a budget shortfall of $62 million.

Mesa Police Chief George Gascon says that by cutting the positions and reducing overtime, the department should save around $13 million.

In addition to reducing the workforce and overtime hours, other reductions are being considered including a reduction in aviation surveillance. The department currently uses helicopters every day for about 10 hours each day.

The Police department also took steps to reorganize it's internal structure so that the cuts will have a minimal impact on current response times.