Fresno City Budget Battle Continues

6/18/2008 Fresno, CA The council however did approve continued funding of the Fresno Police Department's video surveillance program during Tuesday's budget hearings

$300,000 dollars will go towards hiring cadets to monitor surveillance cameras around the city. Chief Jerry Dyer wants to expand his video policing efforts.

Another $600,000 dollars will fund the addition of six officers to a street narcotics enforcement team which would target street-level drug dealers. "This city needs to put out an all points bulletin and a clarion call. We're coming after you small-town drug dealer. You're not gonna find a refuge in Fresno poisoning and killing our children any longer," said Fresno Mayor Alan Autry.

The 2009 budget hearings will resume Thursday. The new fiscal year begins July first.

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