PORTLAND -- Horse patrols and school police positions would be cut in a budget proposal presented by Portland Police Chief Mike Reese submitted to Mayor Charlie Hales Wednesday.
All city bureau and department heads put forth their budget proposals to Mayor Hales after he asked all of them to submit proposed budgets cut 10 percent cut from last year.
The proposals now go before Hales and the city commissioners for further review. A final budget will be approved later. A specific timetable was expected to be a part of council discussions Wednesday.
In the Police Bureau Budget, Chief Reesesaid his proposal centered on a need to maintain core services the bureau provides.
The mounted patrol unit would be eliminated in the proposed budget, as well asall school police, 22 officers and two non-sworn workers. Reese wrote in his proposal that the city took over school policing efforts in 2001 with no additional resources provided.
That proposed cut comes just weeks after the Sandy Hook school shooting and a national focus on the safety of children in the classroom.
The police budget also proposed cutting 18 positions in the bureau's Family Services Division which focuses on the safety of women and children.
The proposed budget would also eliminate all 26 spots in the Property Crimes Investigation program.