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Part-time cops don't mean big-time savings

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DAILY HERALD FILE PHOTO The Rolling Meadows Police Department could add part-time officers to its corps in an effort to relieve full-time officers of administrative tasks and get them back on the streets.

The Rolling Meadows Police Department could add part-time officers to its corps in an effort to relieve full-time officers of administrative tasks and get them back on the streets.

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Without the costly insurance and pension benefits that full-time police officers receive, many suburban departments are turning to part-time officers as a way to cut costs. But the savings may not always pan out. While the reduction of full-time officers amount to savings in some areas, collective bargaining agreements and the cost of staffing those posts may prevent significant savings.
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    • DAILY HERALD FILE PHOTO The Rolling Meadows Police Department could add part-time officers to its corps in an effort to relieve full-time officers of administrative tasks and get them back on the streets.
    • The Rolling Meadows Police Department could add part-time officers to its corps in an effort to relieve full-time officers of administrative tasks and get them back on the streets.
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