Cop cuts coming?

By ROBERT LINNEHAN | The Cherry Hill Sun

The Cherry Hill Police Officers Association is expecting to see as many as 16 officers laid off by July 1, as the organization and Cherry Hill continue to negotiate new contracts for the police union.

About 50 police officers and the presidents of the Cherry Hill FOP and PBA made their presence felt last week at the Township Council meeting. According to FOP President Tim Tedesco, the township is planning to terminate between 12 to 16 uniformed police officers.

Mayor Bernie Platt did not confirm the number, as the township is still working to craft its budget. He did not go into details of the ongoing contract negotiations.

“I’ve always said, and I will continue to say after the negotiations, we have the best Police Department and Fire Department in the state,” Platt said. “We are in dire financial times, and we’re doing our best to not lay off any police officers.”

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