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MIAMI (CBSMiami) —  Dozens of Miami-Dade County sergeants, lieutenants and officers will have to attend a mandatory meeting next week.

On Tuesday afternoon, county officials emailed out a list of members of the department who are required to attend to the department meeting set for August 19th.

The President of Miami-Dade County’s Police Benevolent Association John Rivera said those on the list may be facing lay offs.

“This afternoon the department had issued a list of 250 police officers that potentially will be laid off, 69 sergeants that will potentially be demoted and 19 lieutenants that will be demoted if it goes through.”

River said the possible cuts would mean losing a bit less than half of the county’s force.

“We’re going to lose about 40 percent of our police force at a time where everybody in the community is screaming for more law enforcement,” said Rivera.

Rivera also said neighboring areas have expressed interest in hiring officers who could possibly be laid off.

“We’ve been reached and contacted by the city of Miami, Miami Beach, multiple agencies  in Broward County and even over in Collier County has reached out to us. They would love to have our officers, anyone that gets laid off because they know the quality of officers that Miami-Dade produces,” said Rivera.

The meeting is scheduled to start at 9:00 a.m. at Florida International University’s stadium.

Official who sent out the lists did not disclose what would be discussed in the meeting.

Click here to watch the report.

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