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City council votes against Fort Wayne UNITED budget cut

Tuesday's meeting was standing room only as council discussed cutting $92,991 from Fort Wayne Police Department's Fort Wayne UNITED program.

Posted: Oct 19, 2017 4:24 PM
Updated: Oct 19, 2017 4:24 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Fort Wayne's City Council is looking to cut nearly $2 million from next year's proposed budget.

Tuesday's meeting was standing room only as council discussed cutting $92,991 from Fort Wayne Police Department's Fort Wayne UNITED program.

The program was created a few ago to provide a positive resource for young black men in the community.

It was moved to the police department from Community Development January 1.

City councilman Jason Arp, who was the only vote in favor of the cut, said the program would serve the city better if it was funded by non-profits.

However, Deputy Police Chief Derrick Westfield, who works with Fort Wayne UNITED, said it fits with police as a form of community policing.

"This is a positive relationship between the Fort Wayne Police Department and the young African American males in our community. As you know, things have not been the greatest around the country. This is our preventative effort," Westfield said.

City Council will continue trimming the budget next week before a final vote October 31.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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