2008-11-13 / Local & State

Budget Cuts Mean Philly Officers Won't Patrol Interstate-95

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - State troopers will soon be patrolling Interstate 95 in Philadelphia.

City officials say the three Philadelphia police vehicles assigned to patrol the interstate are getting new assignments. That's because of budget cuts announced by Mayor Michael Nutter.

Last week, Nutter announced that the city was anticipating a $1 billion budget shortfall. He says the city will close libraries and swimming pools, cut more than 800 jobs and trim some salaries.

Officials say budget cuts forced the removal of the three cars from Interstate 95. Those officers will now be assigned to cover other streets in the city.

They will take over patrols on Kelly Drive, Lincoln Drive and Roosevelt Boulevard. The unit that had patrolled Kelly and Lincoln drives is being dissolved.

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