SMITHFIELD, N.C. (AP) - Police in Smithfield say they may have to stop investigating misdemeanors and ignore some 911 calls if town leaders don't provide more gas money.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that Police Chief Michael Scott will make the proposals Tuesday to the town council.
Town leaders asked Scott to find an alternative to shifting $30,000 from the supply budget to paying for gas.
That alternative involves having detectives only investigate felonies and having police ignore calls from hotels and pay phones when callers hang up. They also would stop responding to burglar alarms and would cut patrols in parts of town with few reports of violent crimes.
Councilman Perry Harris says Smithfield leaders won't let that happen. He wants the department to consider other cost-saving measures.
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