OKC police, fire departments face cuts

Wednesday, January 28th 2004, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- Oklahoma City police and fire departments are facing cuts because of an expected budget shortfall this year.

City officials expect an $8.7-million shortfall in the general fund, which provides money for police, fire, parks and public works.

The police and fire departments are being asked to cut 2.5% from this year's budgets. That would mean a nearly $2-million cut for police and a $1.67-million cut for fire.

Fire Chief Alan Benson says the department may reduce its Advanced Life Support program, which places paramedics at every fire station in the city.

Police Chief Bill Citty says he'll look into cutting drug education and public relations.