The city has issued pink slips to 76 police academy recruits in order to prepare for layoffs that could occur if the city's budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 does not include sufficient additional revenue to keep them on the payroll.
But before those two recruit classes would be let go, the city would first eliminate 110 vacant positions from the 3,200-sworn- officer department, Police Commissioner Kevin P. Clark said yesterday.
"I'm cautiously confident that the City Council members recognize the importance of public safety," Clark said.
The elimination of 186 police positions would save the city $10.6 million next year, police spokesman Matt Jablow said.
Mayor Martin O'Malley has presented the City Council with a $2.1 billion budget that includes no additional tax revenue and calls for the elimination of more than 500 city positions, some already vacant, and curtails some city services.
The mayor said that to restore the jobs and services, the city would have to raise an additional $45 million in new taxes, but the council has indicated it may only approve $30 million.