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Huntington Beach police to cut patrol staffing for budget

A Huntington Beach police station is shown in this undated file photo.

April 12, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Huntington Beach Police Department is planning to reduce its staffing of patrol officers due to budget cuts.

The Huntington Beach Independent newspaper reports starting in June, the department will reduce the number of per-shift patrol officers from 10 to eight, except on Friday and Saturday afternoons and evenings.

Budget restrictions are forcing the department to eliminate overtime pay, which would be required if they maintained 10 officers for every shift.