JACKSON - Jackson Police Chief Matt Heins announced Thursday that his department is laying off 7 police officers and eliminating three positions through attrition. That brings the total of 10 positions eliminated within the department since the beginning of the year. The layoffs take effect May 5th.
"Laying off officers is the very last resort," writes Heins in a statement sent to News 10. "We have a very talented group of employees, and I hate to see any of them leave. It is my hope, as the economy turns around, that we will be able to bring the officers back to work."
Chief Heins statement also says that officers will be pulled from special assignments such as schools to work patrol shifts.
Watch News 10 tonight for more on the layoff of police officers in Jackson.