Following Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez's announcement Thursday afternoon that he will no longer recommend the cutting of 110 police-officer jobs, Dade Police Benevolent Association President John Rivera reacted to the news, saying it is a step in the right direction.
After months of back-and-forth negotiations with the police union, Gimenez apparently went back to the drawing board and was able to find money freed up in several areas of the county budget.
About $9 million dollars has become available, according to Gimenez, from a variety of sources.
For example, the county will sell rescue helicopters and will, instead, lease them.
Further, the Jackson Health System is now expected to pull out of the county insurance fund, reducing costs in that aspect for the county.
Commissioners and residents, alike, had also voiced opposition to officer layoffs.
Rivera said the mayor may not have realized how important public safety is to Miami-Dade residents until now.
Civilian layoffs at the police department are still looming, though.
Rivera says those potential cuts could still be detrimental, as they could involve evidence handlers and other analysts that are crucial to prosecuting criminal cases in court.
Budget workshops and negotiations will continue, as the commission looks ahead to approving a plan.
The fiscal year for the county begins October 1st.
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