ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) – Several detectives from the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office are being temporarily assigned to work with the Atlantic City Police Department.

That’s due to the layoffs of 40 city police officers that took effect Thursday.

The city is dealing with an operating deficit estimated at $10 to $15 million. It also laid off 53 other city employees, including 30 firefighters.

County Prosecutor Ted Housel said he made the assistance offer because he was “deeply concerned” about the police layoffs and how they may affect investigations in the city.

Housel said detectives from his office’s shooting response team and its gangs, guns and narcotics unit will work with Atlantic City detectives and patrol officers.

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