Lyons residents respond to police cuts

On Thursday night, the ABC7 I-Team obtained the letter that the police union says the village sent to officers, citing "budgetary contraints" as the reason for the layoffs.

April 16, 2014 8:16:27 PM PDT
The police force in southwest suburban Lyons is being cut by one-third, according to the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police.

It was revealed last week that 7 of the 23 officers were laid off.

Village leaders say with four supervisors and detectives on the street, the size of the force is right for the small community. Some residents are concerned.

"We want to keep crime as low as possible, we want our kids to be able to walk to and from school without having to worry about crime against them," said Jessica Drogos, Lyons resident.

The police union has called the cuts disappointing and frightening.