Lyons cuts one-third of police force

West Suburban Lyons has laid off one third of its police force.

The cut affecting seven officers took effect at midnight and follows months of contract talks between the village and the Fraternal Order of Police.

The move leaves 16 full time officers on the force.

On some shifts, the town of about 10,000 residents will be patrolled by as few as one or two officers.

Earlier this year the village proposed cutting a million dollars from the police budget, citing financial constraints.

A negotiator for the Illinois FOP says the union has not seen any documentation of the town’s fiscal problems.

The village manager and president have not been available for comment.

 

 

 

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4 comments

  • Alan

    If they don't have the money, what does FOP suggest? Raise village fees and taxes. If you raise everyone's taxes $2000 dollar year that should cover it.

  • Brian

    Alan we would have the money if the mayor and his rubber stamp board of trusttees wouldn't spend on unneccesary things like a fulltime assistant to a very part time mayor, a lobbyist, a media consultant/pr man, and a graffitti blaster even though the county did it for free. Also this mayor and his administration voted to raise their pay and give their (part time) selves health insurancee benefits at the tax payers expense. There's also the the trinkets like coffee mugs, pens, and birthday cards that the mayor gives out all bearing his name. Surely we could have saved some money by not spending so friviously on unneeded things. Also WGN the police chief was forced out of office because he wouldn't fire the officers and look up those crime stats we do have a substantial amount of crime, drugs, and gangs in town.

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