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Posted: 07/12/2012 08:06:12 AM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO — San Bernardino Police Chief Robert Handy told city police and fire personnel on Thursday morning that he didn’t think the city’s current police force was adequately staffed – and that he didn’t expect to change anytime soon.

San Bernardino police and fire chiefs held a press conference to address concerns about the impact of the city’s bankruptcy filing on city services.

“I don’t believe we’re adequately staffed now,” in sworn or unsworn positions,
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Handy said, noting that he doesn’t expect those levels to change in the foreseeable future.

Handy said the city’s police force is designed for 500 employees — “almost identical staffing levels (to early 2000s),” when crime levels in the city were worse.

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