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Boston Police Could Face Major Layoffs

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The Boston Police Department could be forced to lay off up to 200 police officers because of the shrinking city budget.

The Boston Globe reports the layoffs would amount to 9 percent of the force, and would be the first police layoffs in 27 years.

The cuts would be needed this year if the city follows through on a draft budget that cuts police spending seven to 10 percent.

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino says no final decisions have been made.

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