Orchard Park Considers Police Cuts

November 2, 2011 Updated Nov 2, 2011 at 11:41 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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November 2, 2011 Updated Nov 2, 2011 at 11:41 PM EDT

ORCHARD PARK, NY (WKBW) - Several hundred residents and police supporters rallied in Orchard Park Wednesday night as the town board met in a work session to discuss the 2012 budget.

Risings cots, mostly on personnel, and a state-mandated two percent property tax cap has several governments like Orchard Park looking at ways to save money.

"The police department is already working at such a minimum manpower at this point, we cannot sustain another cut," said John Mariano, president of the Orchard Park Police Benevolent Association.

Mariano said the town wants to cut the police department's successful D.A.R.E. Program and reduce neighborhood patrols.

"We have absolutely no intention of eliminating the D.A.R.E. Program," said Councilwoman Nancy Ackerman.

The board expects to vote on a budget on November 16.