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By Matthew Stephens
Cheney Free Press 

Proposed policing budget significantly cut

Crime rates continue increasing


Last updated 11/22/2023 at 11:55am

AIRWAY HEIGHTS - Department presentations and budget talks took center stage at the Nov. 13 Airway Heights City Council meeting.

City Manager Albert Tripp emphasized the need for significant reductions in initial budget proposals to achieve overall fiscal balance.

One of the most notable areas facing budget cuts is the Airway Heights Police Department, with a proposed reduction of $2.4 million.

Police Chief Brad Richmond disclosed that these funds were initially earmarked for hiring new officers, as recommended by a 2022 Public Safety Needs Assessment.

The assessment, based on staffed nu...

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