By Levon Putney

NEWARK, NJ (WCBS 880) – Almost all of the 180 police recruits hired the last three years in Newark stand to lose their jobs as layoffs are likely.

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“These individuals look forward to actually proving themselves and now their dreams are going to be deferred,” local FOP police union president Derrick Hatcher told WCBS 880 reporter Levon Putney.

Hatcher says there isnt enough to give to help the city plug an $11 million police budget gap, within an $83 million citywide budget hole.

Hatcher says arrested crooks have told cops, “You know, we know that you guys aren’t gonna be here come November. You know, it’s gonna be hell out here.”

Layoff notices have already been printed.

“…if we move down that road, and I’m still hopeful that we won’t,” says police director Garry McCarthy.

McCarthy says they’ll move cops out from in-office duties to keep street levels stable.

Layoffs are set for next month.

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