Volunteer civilians are increasingly filling police roles and nearly 12,000 police officers and sheriff's deputies will be laid off by the end of the year as local law enforcement agencies deal with budget cuts, according to a new report from DOJ's Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program. The study also shows the first-ever national decrease in law enforcement positions in the 25 years they've been collecting data.
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"Across the country, mayors, sheriffs, and chiefs have been asked - not only to do more with less - but also to make painful budgetary cuts," Attorney General Eric Holder said in a speech on Monday. "According to a new economic outlook report that our COPS office released this week - we expect that, by the end of this year, nearly 12,000 police officers and sheriff's deputies will have been laid off."