MEMPHIS, Tenn. (July 8, 2014) More than 400 officers have called in sick in the past week in Memphis, Tenn., in what appears to be a deliberate action to protest planned health care cuts, police officials said.
A total of 404 officers have called in sick since June 30, an increase from 308 officers who had called in sick through Sunday, Memphis Police Department spokeswoman Karen Rudolph said.
The department has about 2,280 officers.
Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said Sunday that the actions come in an apparent protest to a City Council vote that will reduce health care subsidies for city employees so that the funds can be redirected to the city's troubled pension fund.
Because of the number of officers out, deputies from the Shelby County Sheriff's Office are helping patrol the city.