MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The latest version of the proposed 2016 fiscal year budget will cut 30 percent of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency's funding. The $16 million cut could force the layoff of one fifth of an already understaffed agency.
This is the agency that along with many other duties patrols our highways and assists smaller jurisdictions with investigative work. It is also the agency that is tasked with crowd and traffic control at Alabama and Auburn football games and the races at Talladega.
According to Secretary of Law Enforcement Spencer Collier, that traffic and crowd control assistance would come to an end. Collier also said that 99 of 431 state troopers would be laid off along with cuts in other areas.
The ripple effect is that services that were provided by ALEA would then fall to local and county law enforcement agencies. These agencies are also under funded and understaffed.
At some point the legislature is going to have to make decisions to raise or re-appropriate money instead of pushing the problem off for another day or to the local or county level.