St. Louis City officials says 80 officer positions must be cut from the city's police force to offset the department's rising pay, health care and pension costs.
Police Chief Dan Isom and Mayor Francis Slay support eliminating the jobs through attrition. 30 positions, funded through federal grants, would end this year, when those grants are slated to expire.
Mayor Francis Slay says despite a 45 percent increase in police spending since he took office, spending for retirement benefits is out of control.
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