Police officers in Vero Beach protest potential cuts

VERO BEACH, FL (WFLX)-  Vero Beach police officers, who are part of the Coastal Florida Police Benevolent Association, packed city hall Tuesday morning.

Dozens also lined the road in front of city hall before the council meeting, bringing awareness to potential cuts to the police department.

City leaders have proposed rank reductions in order to save money.

Police Chief Dave Currey said Tuesday morning that the city has been looking to cut costs for a significant amount of time, and rank reductions would help meet budget constraints.

The police union's president, Vince Champion, says there are other ways to balance the budget, such as reducing vacation time or holiday time, or through attrition.

The council meeting began at 9:30.  Council members are expected to talk about the potential cuts and hear from officers.

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