Budget Cuts Put Squeeze on State Police

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas State Police officials say that budget cuts and high gas prices leave no money for new hires or promotions in the coming fiscal year, and no annual training academy for troopers.

That's unless the agency's budget outlook improves, fiscal officer Emma French told the Arkansas State Police Commission at a meeting yesterday.

French told the commission that the agency cut $4.3 million from its operations budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1, in response to a reduced budget forecast and rising fuel costs.

Arkansas State Police is expected to lose $6.9 million from its budget in the coming fiscal year because of budget cuts prompted by declining tax revenue.

It's not the first time Arkansas State Police has temporarily halted new hires and promotions or canceled the training academy.  The academy wasn't held in 1981, 1982, or 2001-2003.

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