ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Police Department says it may be able to avoid layoffs in January and even find enough money to pay for training recruits at a police academy.
Still, Chief Mark Mew says, the department plans to cut 22 positions from the department budget and shift eight detectives to patrol jobs. He says he expects some of the 22 positions will be eliminated through attrition and the rest paid for by grant money and not the city budget.
The Anchorage Daily News reports that the chief and other city department heads discussed projected 2011 budgets at an Anchorage Assembly work session Friday.
Mew says the department expects overtime this year could be $2 million under budget. He says that might be able to pay for recruit training next year.