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EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio – The East Cleveland Police Department will lay off 20 percent of its officers in January, according to a trusted source.

It means the department will be trimmed by 15-19 officers effective Jan. 1, 2013.

Police Chief Ralph Spotts told NewsChannel5 the city is working on a strategy that will allow the department to operate with this large of a loss.

This is not the first time the department has had to deal with a major staffing cut. In 2011, the department laid off 36 police officers. Staffing at the time was 62 sworn officers and 17 civilian personnel at the time.

Further details about the layoffs will be announced next week.

Article Courtesy of WEWS NewsChannel 5

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