Which state cut 93 percent of its police force spending?

Published: Thursday, July 5 2012 9:26 a.m. MDT

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Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
"In many cases, it's a very appropriate shift in funds," Burbank said. "We need to work in harmony with those who provide prevention and intervention. We are not the solution and should never be viewed as the solution."

Total crime in most states dropped as much as 12.66 percent between 2008 and 2010.

Utah's crime rate fell 4.98 percent while spending on police protection was cut by 79.3 percent.
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Provo, UT

Wow, these numbers are amazing. Is there more specific info regarding what areas in which so many have cut funding? Do these reductions include what governments are paying in pensions? I wonder if the reduced spending is occurring as a result of the increase in pensions that then prevents local governments from increasing its police force while the population continues to increase at a faster rate.

Bountiful, UT

Huh? How do you drop FL police budgets by 93% and have 13% drop in crime? Something is wrong here.

162 S Marble Canyon Dr., UT

Is there actually a drop in crime? Or are we simply not catching the crime now that the staffing is so low? I would like to see these numbers graphed against each other (crime rate reporting change, reduction in spending). I would also like to see them against things like population density and variability, economics, unemployment rates, an so on. There are a lot of potential variants that could effect these numbers to make a direct correlation without ruling out other potential causes.

Millie Bess

Law enforcement have always been underpaid for the dangerous work they provide. With the economy being so poor, this seems like the worst place to cut. Probably the reason it might appear that the crime rate is down, is only because there are not enough police to make reports.

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