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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The sheriff's office is in the process of taking uniformed officers off the streets due to budget constraints.

The officers affected learned their status in a lottery Friday that gave preference only to those with a military background, and the layoffs are expected very soon.

In a news release issued this afternoon, JSO spokesperson Lauri-Ellen Smith said the following:

"We are in the implementation phase of a Reduction in Force. We will not comment further until this initiative is complete.  The Sheriff anticipates being able to discuss this publicly on Wednesday, October 5th."

Undersheriff Dwain Senterfitt said Friday he does not like the situation.

"I know the sheriff and I, it wakes us up in the middle of the night thinking about what we're going to have to do, that we're going to have to take somebody's job from them," he said.

JSO has not yet released the number of officers who will lose their jobs.

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