Perception: The UConn Police department plans to hire 20 additional officers.

Truth: No, it doesn’t. In fact, some uniformed police positions have been eliminated as a result of budget cuts made across most university departments to help close UConn’s expected deficit. Additional cuts are expected in the fiscal year ahead as part of overall cost-savings efforts university-wide. Further, UConn’s police chief is working to transition some existing vacant positions from being uniformed officers to civilian employees focused on non-law enforcement community service needs.