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NYC council to renew call to hire 1,000 more police officers

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NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Council is poised to renew its call to hire 1,000 more officers for the police department.

This could set up a repeat clash with Mayor Bill de Blasio about the headcount of the nation's largest police force.

Council staffers tell The Associated Press Sunday that the council would authorize the funding for the new hires in its budget presentation this week.

The council made the same request a year ago but was turned down by de Blasio, who cited the city's record low crime rate and said the money would be better spent elsewhere.

But the debate this year comes after a prolonged public rift between City Hall and the city's police unions.

A budget deal must be struck by the end of June.

 

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