Because of a typograhical error yesterday, the percentage of D.C. policewomen who may face layoffs because of budget cuts was incorrect. According to a coalition of policewomen, an estimated 16 percent of women on the force would be laid off, campared with 4 percent of the men.
Women and members of racial minority groups will be hit by threatened layoffs in the D.C. Police Department out of proportion to their numbers on the force, police witnesses told the D.C. City Council yesterday.
Police Chief Burtell M. Jefferson said "a major proportion" of the 204 officers who would be dropped as a result of budget cuts proposed after Oct. 1 by Mayor Marion Barry would be Hispanics, women and blacks.
The department's acting personnel director, Lt. Charles Bacon, told the Council's Judiciary Committee that layoffs must be based chiefly upon seniority with special credit for high efficiency ratings and past military service. In general, minority officers have served for shorter periods.
Officer Thelma Garlington, speaking for a group of policewomen, said the rules would force layoffs of 61 percent of the women on the force, compared with only 4 percent of the men.
In absolute numbers, she predicted that 52 of the 328 women would be dropped, compared with 152 of the 3,844 men. Only three women on the force are known to have veteran's preference, she said.
About 47 percent of the force is black, including about 260 women. Fewer than 2 percent are Hispanic or American Indian, officials said.
About 200 police officers were in the council chamber for the hearing on the police portion of Mayor Marion Barry's amended budget for the 1981 fiscal year. It calls for $63 million in program cuts throughout the city government, with an equal sum being shifted to higher costs of energy, pensions and the like.
As he has told other forums, Jefferson warned that the cuts in the police budget would cause "some degradation of service." Larry Simons, president of the police union, warned that rising crime would follow layoffs.
Council member John L. Ray (D-At-Large) praised Jefferson for what he described as outspoken testimony. "Some say you're not a team player but when you're on the team, you've got to swing the bat," Ray said.
Some insiders in the Barry adminstration have complained that Jefferson has not adequately supported efforts to solve the city's financial crisis through budget cuts.
Earlier in the hearing, David A. Clarke (D-Ward 1), who presided, accused the city budget office of violating the law by failing to submit this year's supplemental budget for the city's Superior Court and Court of Appeals to both the Council and Congress.
"You all goofed up," Clarke told Wihelmina Marshall, executive assistant to the city budget director.
As a result, the chief judges of both courts yesterday repeated earlier warnings that Superior Court will have to virtually shut down operations by July for lack of $1.2 million needed to pay witnesses and jurors.
Under the D.C. Court Reform Act, the budget office is required to submit the court's own budget requests for legislative review even if they are not endorsed by the mayor. Budget Director Gladys W. Mack had testified earlier that Barry did not support the court's supplemental request.
At another budget hearing yesterday by the Council's Human Services Committee, a delegation of about 40 mothers supported testimony offered by spokeswomen against a proposed change in the Recreation Department's funding of 26 cooperative pre-school centers. Each of these facilities is manned by one paid staff member and volunteer parents.
To save an estimated $159,000, Department Director William Rumsey, has proposed layoffs of the 26 staff members who are paid by the day, and to substitute workers now on the fulltime departmental payroll.