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Fiscal woes may affect local policing

Posted by Martin Finucane April 2, 2007 06:16 PM

FRANKLIN

Police Chief Stephen T. Williams told Franklin’s Finance Committee that he will not reduce the number of police officers on the street because of the meager $149 increase in his department’s annual budget for next year.

Nearly all of Franklin’s municipal departments are being level-funded for the fiscal year beginning July 1 as the town struggles with less income from growth. Williams said he has eight fewer officers than in 2000 even though ‘‘business is booming.’’

There were about 7,500 calls to 911 last year, but the department typically has only four cruisers patrolling the town’s 27 square miles at any time.

Williams cautioned that if Franklin reduces its after-school programs for youths, the Police Department will be much busier.

— Alison O’Leary Murray

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