Denver Advances $8.9M in Police Cuts to Fund Migrant Housing

A Denver finance committee has approved $14.6 million in cuts to the city’s police and fire departments — a slice of $41 million in cuts overall — to help pay for “newcomer operations,” the Democrat mayor’s phrase for housing migrants.

The $8.9 million in cuts to the city police department approved by Denver City Council’s Finance and Governance Committee on Tuesday reportedly represent the largest ever in the city budget. The sheriff’s office is also facing a $3.8 million cut and the fire department $2.4 million.

The measure advances to the full city council on Monday. If approved, it goes into effect May 10, KDVR reported Wednesday.

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