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City of South Tucson looks at TPD for help

Posted at 6:20 PM, May 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-23 21:20:15-04

The City of South Tucson recently unveiled they were under a significant deficit and now they're exploring ways to save money. One of the options is to use local resources. 

Last month Sixto Molina, City manager for South Tucson told KGUN 9 they were under a $624,000 deficit. 

Since then, Molina says the city has found ways to bring the deficit down but there is still work to be done. 

"We have a significant budget deficit and we have to close that gap," says Molina. 

Closing the gap by reaching out to the City of Tucson for help. 

"If they could provide police coverage for certain hours," says Molina. "The reason for that is if we can alleviate one shift and we will have two shifts."

Molina says, they asked the TPD to cover the area of South Tucson from 2 A.M. until 6 A.M. 

Cutting down three shifts to two 10-hour shifts and shifting their three overnight officers. 

But Molina also recognizes that at times it could be a little more involved especially if more TPD officers are needed for a crime scene. 

Molina says South Tucson has put in a request to the City of Tucson but are still awaiting a response.