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Louisville Reorganizes Police Department Amid Budget Cuts

The Louisville Metro Police Department has announced that it will merge several of its existing divisions in an effort to make the agency "leaner and more focused."

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Ohio Agency Disbanding K-9 Unit Due to Budget Constraints

The Painesville (OH) Police Department announced this week that it will be disbanding the agency's K-9 unit due to budget constraints and the passage of a piece of legislation that allows civilian cultivation of hemp, which the dogs cannot differentiate from illegal marijuana.

Maryland County Auditor Recommends $2M Cut to Police Budget

The county auditor for Anne Arundel County on Wednesday submitted a recommendation to county officials that the budget for the county police department be cut by $2 million for the 2020 fiscal year.

St. Paul Police Disbanding Mounted and Motor Units

Spokesperson Steve Linders said multiple reasons went into the department's decision, including the fact that the department has seen an increase in injuries to members of both units.

Nashville Public Safety Agencies Face Cuts Even as Population Grows

The first responders—police, sheriff, and fire—in the largest city in Tennessee have been asked to tighten their budgetary belts despite the fact that the region is growing in population.

Kentucky Sheriff's Department Shuttered Due to Lack of Funding

Martin County Sheriff John Kirk said that his office is still owed a $75,000 payment due in January. He also complained that new obligations placed on his office will add $99,000 to his annual expenditures.

Citing Budgetary Concerns, Ohio Department to Disband K-9 Unit

The unit's only K-9—an 8-year-old Belgian Malinois named Coron—is reaching retirement age and the unit's vehicle requires extensive maintenance.

Law Enforcement Consortiums: The New Face of Records Management

How can agencies survive budget costs and diminishing resources while still keeping their communities safe? Consortiums are quickly becoming the answer.

Old Cars and Equipment Putting Troopers in Danger, Say KY State Police

Kentucky police Commissioner Rick Sanders is asking for more money amid talk of budget cuts. He is urging lawmakers to consider his agency's "dangerous" predicament: worn-out cars, a manpower shortage, and relic rifles.

Oklahoma Trooper Shortage Could Endanger Public Safety

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says public safety could become a problem overnight if the state doesn't appropriate money to hire more troopers.