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The cost of constant police surveillance is growing as Wall Street protesters gear up for another week.
The New York Police Department has spent nearly $2 million, mostly in overtime pay, to patrol the lower Manhattan protest in recent weeks.
And with no end in sight, the price tag will continue to rise at a time when Mayor Michael Bloomberg has ordered city agencies to slash budgets.
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly has said the budget cuts may cause the cancellation of a new class of police officers entering the academy in January.
Several hundred protesters briefly marched through the Wall Street neighborhood Monday evening. The Rev. Al Sharpton and rapper Kanye (KAHN'-yay) West also made impromptu appearances at a park where protesters gathered.