By Robert Vitale
A Columbus police recruit class of 27 officers has been dismissed to save money.
Safety Director Mitchell J. Brown met with the recruits this afternoon to tell them they have been laid off. They were to be sworn in on Friday as Columbus Police officers. Mayor Michael B. Coleman's administration is trying to save $13 million to avoid deficits in this year's budget.
The recruits will complete their training and will be paid for 30 days as civilian employees of the Police Division while they look for other work, according to a statement released around 5 p.m. The statement left the door open for the recruits to be re-hired if the city's economic outlook improves."