Serpas Dismisses 50 From Police Department Citing Budget Cuts

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Police superintendent Ronal Serpas has today sent 50 letters of dismissal to employees of the police department, citing necessary budget adjustments. 23 civilian communication operators, nine probationary record and identification workers, six provisional workers in the Trace unit, and 12 recruits from the Police Academy. Hit the jump for the press release put out this evening.

Superintendent Serpas Addresses Budget Issues

New Orleans, La. - Superintendent of Police Ronal Serpas today issued a total of fifty letters of dismissal to employees of the Police Department. Superintendent Serpas sent twenty-three letters to civilian communication operators, who were all probationary status. Superintendent Serpas stated that these positions were never funded. Staffing and scheduling will be adjusted to minimize the effects of the dismissals. Letters of dismissal were also sent to nine probationary workers in the Record and Identification Section, six provisional workers in the Trace Unit, and twelve recruits from the Police Academy.

Superintendent Serpas stated that he regrets the dismissal of any employee of the New Orleans Police Department; however this was a necessary step in adjusting expenditures to match actual funds allocated in the NOPD 2010 budget.

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