38 Ala. State Troopers laid off, immediately rehired

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Alabama Department of Public Safety is confirming to WSFA 12 News that it laid off 38 State Troopers Thursday, but the affected officers were then immediately rehired.

The layoffs were a matter of paperwork. The troopers, jobless for a matter of moments, never saw an interruption in their work day.

The department said the decision was made to layoff the officers so their salaries could be shifted to a COPS grant.

COPS is the office of the U.S. Department of Justice that advances the practice of community policing in state, local and tribal law enforcement.

Robbyn Litchfield, a spokeswoman for ALDPS, said it was not immediately known how long the grant would last.

The department is facing a $6 million budget shortfall, and the grant will cover almost half of that amount.

The Department of Public Safety isn't immune from budget strains. In March, it was announced that all Troopers would be limited to just 75 miles per day in their gas allotments.

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