A sign at Joey's Pizza and Pasta from the PBA 297 asks the public to support five police officers who will be laid off March 31. Bill Gross

STAFFORD TOWNSHIP- Police union officials are expecting a large turnout at Tuesday's township council meeting in a show of support for five police officers who face being laid off at the end of the month.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m.  Stuart Alterman, attorney for the Stafford Township Local 297 Policemen's Benevolent Association said he is expecting a large crowd to turn out in support of the officers.

The PBA 297 has distributed posters to local businesses to drum up support and to also ask the public to attend the meeting Tuesday evening.

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Stafford is proposing the layoffs to close a $2 million budget gap; laying off the five officers is projected to save $600,000 township Administrator James Moran said last week.

The township of 26,282 residents has 57 police officers, so layoffs would reduce the force to 52.

Other communities, including Galloway Township and Egg Harbor Township have also moved forward with lay offs. In Wildwood, officials have notified  40 employees - nearly 20 percent of their work force - that their jobs may be cut.

Contact Donna Weaver:

609-226-9198

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