According to last week’s Trenton Times, 50% of the State’s municipalities plan to lay off police officers this fiscal year, with most of the lay-offs occurring before June 30, 2010.  A layoff of police officers would seem to be the last thing a municipality would want to do, however, the individuals who make these kind of choices are generally not police officers. The lack of resources caused by these upcoming layoffs builds pressure on already straining resources. Undoubtedly, some of the most useful and beneficial police work, such as placement of police officers in schools, will suffer as a result of these cutbacks. Only time will tell what impact these cutbacks will have on “management/police" relations over the next year or two.