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Columbia police department to make layoffs

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COLUMBIA, MS (WDAM) - The Columbia Board of Aldermen voted to accept a change by the police chief in how the department will deal with cutbacks.

Last Friday the board voted to only layoff people in non-patrol positions. Monday, Columbia police chief Joe Van Parkman proposed laying off two officers. He also proposed a hiring freeze on two other officer positions. 

The board sided with Parkman's proposal. Columbia Mayor Reed Houston says the move will require an investigator to become a patrolman during the shifts. Houston said that's a concern.

"I think it's not gone be good for law enforcement to be basically four short, one on each shift even though the proposal was to have a detective out to help fill that slot," said Houston. "They have obligations court, investigations.  I don't know how they are going to have the time to fill that fourth slot."

Chief Parkman declined to comment on the issue.

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