CREATED Mar. 27, 2013
Reporter: Justin Schecker
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The Tucson City Council takes up its budget battle with a focus on public safety at today's study session.
Thanks to budget cuts, the Tucson police officers have not seen a raise in six years and the department has also slashed overtime pay.
Police Chief Roberto Villansenor has told 9 On Your Side his department is down 140 officers.
In the past year alone, Tucson Police Officer Association officials say 30 officers have jumped ship to other departments for better pay.
The union tells 9 On Your Side it just wants officers to get a fair deal.
"Are they going to get the merits that were part of the promise when they got hired," TPOA Grievance Chairman Rick Radinsky said. "Are they going to be adequately compensated compared to the other local agencies and statewide agencies."
Radinsky said he expects a packed house at today's budget session.
The meeting starts at noon and 9 On Your Side cameras will be rolling.