Wall Street protests have cost city $1.9 million in police overtime and counting

Last week, Bloomberg ordered all agencies to prepare to cut expenses by a total of $2 billion during the next 18 months. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said the budget cuts may cause the cancellation of a new class of police officers entering the academy in January…

In New York, officers from the city’s First Precinct are patrolling the area near Wall Street, and other squads help out as necessary, depending on the size and movement of the demonstrators. If the crowd seems to be growing on a particular day, the NYPD dispatches more officers to the area, Kelly said.

“We are down 6,000 police officers from where we were 10 years ago, so it’s difficult to do any type of protracted operation with people who are working in their regular tour of duty,” Kelly said.