St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom says the department may have to lay off as many as 65 officers because of a budget shortfall.
KSDK-TV reports that Isom spoke Wednesday to the city's Police Board. He says he continues to hope the cuts aren't necessary, but the department is evaluating how to make ends meet.
The budget for the police department is $164 million this year.
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