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A senior Hamas leader says the group signed a pledge to back any Palestinian bid to join the International Criminal Court. Such a step could expose Israel - as well as Hamas - to war crimes investigations.More >>
Witnesses say an Israeli airstrike has collapsed a 12-story apartment tower in central Gaza City.More >>
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The Millbrook Police Department has made an arrest for the murder of 49-year-old Anita L. Washington. After conducting an investigation, Police arrested 27-year-old Sedrick Clayton in connection withMore >>
The Millbrook Police Department has made an arrest for the murder of 49-year-old Anita L. Washington. After conducting an investigation, Police arrested 27-year-old Sedrick Clayton in connection with the murder. Clayton is the victim's son.More >>
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Iceland's Meteorological Office is reporting a surge in seismic activity at the restless Bardarbunga volcano, but sees no evidence yet of any eruptions.More >>
Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano began erupting Saturday under the country's largest glacier after a week of seismic activity rattled the area with thousands of earthquakes, the country's Meteorological Office said.More >>
AUBURN, AL (WTVM) -
A state task force will be presenting its report to Governor Robert Bentley this weekend which will recommend ways to cut the state's law enforcement spending by at least ten percent.
One of the most likely and controversial recommendations is to meet this reduction by combining some of the state's 22 law enforcement agencies.
Members of the Integrated Enforcement Task Force aren't saying yet what would be cut under the proposal. However, it appears the consolidation of departments will clearly be on the table.
Surprisingly, local law enforcement appears to be in favor of the cost cutting move.
"I have a tremendous amount of faith in speaker Hubbard. I've spoken to him about it and one thing about Speaker Hubbard is that he has always been a true friend to law enforcement, and I know that he isn't going to do anything that not in the best interest of the citizens of Alabama when is come to their safety and protection," explains Auburn Police Chief, Tommy Dawson.
Dawson shared how a major drug-bust on Friday and could not have been done without the combined efforts of the Alabama Beverage Control Board and the Lee County Sheriff's Department.
"I think it's going to affect local government in a good way as far as law enforcement," Dawson said. "I think you'll have more resources at your disposal."
Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones, whose responsibilities could greatly expand under a consolidation move, understands the need for efficiency but also is sensitive to those who could lose jobs with such a merger.
"I hope the result will be efficiencies at the state level, but I certainly don't want it to end up being a circumstance where individuals are being reduced," says Jones, "Hopefully they can be absorbed into other agencies under those circumstances and to just bring the same or hopefully more law enforcement officers to bare in corporative efforts throughout the state."