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Oklahoma City police get creative to keep jobs

Oklahoma City saves seven police positions using federal funds.
By Bryan Dean Published: August 22, 2010

"To me, that's the long-term solution to the drug problem," White said. "As much as it pains me to say this, it becomes obvious to me every day the war on drugs is not one we are going to win. The drug court has both assistance for the addict and a diversion program to help the Department of Corrections."

Other positions being saved include two officers in an undercover drug interdiction program, one officer to enforce the city's derelict vehicle ordinance and a sergeant tasked with managing the city's fleet of police vehicles.

Citty said another of the restored positions will allow the city to keep its accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

"We hope the economics get somewhat better so we can salvage those next year," Citty said.