How does a budget shortfall affect OKC police force?

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Municipalities around Oklahoma are facing deep budget cuts this year because of shortfalls in projected tax revenue.

Wednesday morning the Oklahoma City police union, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #123 spokesperson, Mark Nelson, talked with NewsChannel 4's Ali Meyer about how the budget crisis might affect public safety in Oklahoma City.

"It will be difficult to deal with," said Nelson on the repercussions of a budget shortfall in Oklahoma City.

Nelson also talked about last year's spike in the number of homicides in Oklahoma City and the move toward body cameras and dash cameras for the city's police force.

"We're not against body cameras. We just have a few concerns we're monitoring at this time," Nelson said.

Nelson said Oklahoma City leaders have been fantastic about adding more dollars to the budget for more uniformed officers on the streets of Oklahoma's largest city despite lagging tax collections.

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