Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Facing a Budget Cut
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is facing a $16 million budget cut. House Bill 13, the State General Fund Appropriation Bill for Fiscal Year 2016, as introduced will dramatically impact and alter state law enforcement, possibly threatening the safety of Alabama citizens. The impact of an additional $16 million cut to state law enforcement could include: Layoffs of up to 100 State Troopers, 25 Special Agents, as well as Aviation and Fleet Support, and two-thirds of non-sworn support personnel, and Closure of 13 State Trooper Posts-And according to Corporal Jess Thornton of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency state trooper posts in Jacksonville and Gadsden would close and drivers would have to travel to the state's biggest cities to renew their licenses, there would be Dissolution of Agricultural& Rural Crimes Unit, and Limiting support and response. If the budget passes as is and SB44 passes, the agency would shut down all Driver License Examining Offices except for those in Birmingham, Mobile and Montgomery.