San Jose has furloughed 66 police officers, according to the San Jose Mercury News. The lay-offs come amid a homicide surge in what once was dubbed "America's Safest Big City." San Jose had 20 homicides all of last year. With 27 homicides in the first half of 2011, San Jose is on track to have more than 50 homicides in 2011.
The lay-offs were actually less than had been feared weeks ago because nearly half of the 122 officers who were given layoff notices found jobs in other police departments, reported the Mercury News.
Only five years ago San Jose had 1,356 officers, and the chief urged city leaders to hire 478 more over five years. The recommended compliment of officers at the time was 1,834. Today, San Jose has 1,106 police officers 728 less than anticipated in 2006. That is fewer police officers than the city had two decades ago, when San Jose had 200,000 fewer people, reported the Mercury News.
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