Judge grants injunction to stop layoff of 20 police officers

TOLEDO (WTOL) - A request filed by the Toledo Police Command Officers Union to stop the layoff of 20 officers has been granted.

The union said the city is not following the proper process for the layoffs. The city disagreed, but the judge granted the injunction.

Finkbeiner says new plan reduces police cuts

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner says he has a plan to reduce the number of job cuts at the city's police department.

Finkbeiner said Friday about 75 police officers would be laid off to help address the city's $21.3 million budget deficit. An earlier plan called for 150 police layoffs.

But Finkbeiner said the jobs can be saved only if City Council approves an increase in the city's refuse fee and agrees to collect more income taxes from Toledoans who work outside the city, something council already has rejected twice.

If the police jobs are saved, Police Chief Mike Navarre said the city would be able to keep its gang task force and SWAT teams intact and keep more detectives from being shifted to regular street patrol.

-- Information from: The Blade

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