Police Cut Back on Cell Phones

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    Hundreds of San Diego police officers have been asked to turn in their work cell phones as part of budget cuts, according to a published report.

    About 200 officers have been asked to turn in their department-issued cell phones and PDAs to reduce the agency’s $800,000-a-year cell phone bill by nearly $300,000, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

    Some officers told the paper they would apply for grant money to try and reinstate the phones in the field. Others said many officers have their own personal phones that they would use if necessary.

    Many units, such as sex crimes, financial crimes and auto theft, will be given pool phones that can be shared among officers while on duty, the paper reported.