Tarrant police say budget cuts couldn't have come at a worse time
The City of Tarrant cut 11 positions in five departments Monday, and the Chief of Police said the decision couldn't have come at a worse time. "I have to figure out a way to still provide the services that the citizens require, which we're going to do," said Chief Dennis Reno Thursday.Reno said the city cut three positions in his department, three from fire and public works, one from the library, and one from parks and recreation. Chief Reno said he was down three positions already."A third of my department is now gone," said Reno. With summer months quickly approaching, police worry crime could rise. The department typically sees an increase in the number of calls, and Reno said non-essential calls may have to wait. He added: "It's like taking your car to the mechanic and having him work on it. Then he tells you he has no tools. That's basically what the city has done to me."Efforts to reach the mayor were unsuccessful Thursday afternoon.
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