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San Bernardino takes steps to disband police department

The San Bernardino City Hall exterior is seen in this file photo from Tuesday, July 10, 2012.

November 6, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
San Bernardino city officials took another step in the bankruptcy process that may lead to disbanding the city's police department.

Despite pleas from police officers not to give up on the department, the City Council voted Monday night to begin talks with the county sheriff's department to cover the city's law enforcement needs.

San Bernardino filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection in August.

Supporters say they must put the option on the table to get the bankruptcy petition approved.