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Kern County law enforcement union blasts budget cuts, calls for people to speak at public meeting

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Posted at 3:46 PM, Jun 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-20 18:46:02-04

A union that represents law enforcement staff in Kern County has blasted proposed budget cuts by county supervisors.

This comes just days after the proposed cuts were announced by county department heads.

One of the agencies seeing an impact is the Kern County Sheriff's Office, which is slated to lose more than two dozen positions, after already making cuts.

"In Kern County, there are already more homicides this year than there were in ALL of last year," said Sergeant David Kessler, President of Kern Law Enforcement Association, in a press release. "The Sheriff's Department is already severely underfunded and understaffed, more cuts to law enforcement are not only ill-advised, they are endangering our community's safety."

County supervisors will meet about the issue on Tuesday, June 21 at 9 a.m. at 1115 Truxtun Avenue in Downtown Bakersfield.

MORE: BUDGET CUTS ON THE WAY IN KERN COUNTY