Starting December 1, the state of California will put a price tag on public safety by firing 200 agents responsible for solving some of San Diego's worst crimes. *Click here for full interview with Brent King* The state DOJ also runs the Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE) Task Force, which is responsible for monitoring and tracking sex offenders.But now the DOJ is facing a $71 million budget cut, and this Thursday almost 200 special agents will likely receive pink slips and be out of a job on January 1.Larry Wallace, director of law enforcement for the DOJ, told 10News, "These cuts are unprecedented and we believe they are a threat to public safety."10News learned that members of San Diego's SAFE Task Force have already been reassigned to investigate gambling and Medicare fraud.Dennis Brugos, a recently retired lieutenant with the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, felt compelled to speak out on behalf of the state investigators."They were always just top-rate investigators. They were helping us on a lot of major cases. I mean, they were doing wire taps, interviews, surveillances," said Brugos.Wallace said the DOJ is still negotiating with the governor's office but he is cautiously optimistic.