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Church Point police department facing major cuts

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As of Monday night, the Church Point Police Department and city council have agreed to cut two patrol officer positions. 

According to police chief, Albert Venable, this is the hardest decision he has ever had to make as chief, but he knows he is doing what is best for the city.

"Everyone needs their jobs and it's a very hurtful thing for me to have to do, especially in my last year. I wouldn't want to leave our town in a deficit," Venable said. 

The city hasn't been bringing in the revenue needed to keep the city running,and that means jobs have to be cut.

Chief Venable said the jail was closed for a long period of time and during that time the department was not able to arrest anyone or have them pay their fines.The police department has also been borrowing money from the general fund to keep it running.

One officer was laid off last week, and another will be let go in the coming days. Chief Venable said he will make the decision of who to let go depending on job performance. 

After the layoffs, the city will have only five officers on patrol and some residents are unhappy about the change.

"It infuriates me because if I have an emergency and they're on another call, we don't have enough officers to cover it," Jessica Sonnier said. 

Other residents said they believe crime will now go up, and they don't believe the city will be able to handle everything on their own. 

The police department and the council said they are doing what is best for the town, and they have to start rebuilding the budget somewhere. 

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