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Central Ohio Township Plans Lay Off For Half Its Police Force

Trustees in a financially struggling central Ohio township say they must lay off four police officers, which is half of the force. Franklin Township trustees announced Thursday night that money to be collected by two police levies was not enough to maintain the eight-officer payroll, so four will be out of jobs on Feb. 6. The announcement comes two months after the township cut five firefighters. Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott said his department would do what it could to respond to calls for help from the township. Two sheriff's office officials plan to meet with township trustees Tuesday to discuss what services the county can provide. Scott says trustees rejected his recommendation in 2013 that township levy funds be used to contract with his office for regular patrols.