JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford spent several hours at City Hall on Friday waiting to present his budget. He left being told the council will put JSO's budget on plate later this month.
Rutherford came prepared to talk numbers. He says a $29 million dollar cut as proposed by the mayor's office would cut deeply into public safety.
The sheriff says to achieve that number 381 police officer positions would have to be cut.
He says there is no way Jacksonville could operate with 1,200 officers on the streets. The current police force according to Rutherford is 1,603 officers.
The city council which ran behind on it's work on Friday following a lengthy discussion about about fire department budget decided to tackle JSO's budget on August 29.
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