Lyons Cuts One-Third of Police Force: Union

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    Officials say the police force in southwest suburban Lyons has been cut by one-third. Michelle Relerford reports. (Published Friday, Apr 11, 2014)

    The police force in southwest suburban Lyons was cut by one-third at midnight Friday following unsuccessful negotiation talks with the police union, according to the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police.

    The union said seven of the department's 23 officers received layoff notices last week, which went into effect at midnight.

    According to Tamara Cummings with the Illinois FOP General Council, the cuts eliminate the detectives division along with all special units, leaving 16 officers for the area’s 10,000 residents.

    “The majority [of officers cut] are experienced officers who’d been with the department for a while,” the Illinois FOP said in a statement. “One has nearly 10 years of experience. He and the others were let go without a severance package.”

    The union began negotiating with village officials earlier this year but was “unable to come to a resolution.”

    The layoffs follow the unprecedented retirement of Lyons’ Chief of Police, who retired last week.

    “The village manager who took over [the chief’s] duties immediately handed out the layoff notices and rid the department of all its special units,” the Illinois FOP said.

    The village manager declined to comment.