U.S. to provide $1 billion to hire cops

I find this to be interesting at best. Stimulus money spent to hire cops (not a bad thing) but crime is down? What do you need that many new officers for? Possibly for use with Martial Law when the swine flu “hits”. Interesting proposition though not out of the realm of all possibility.

Prison Planet’s Editor’s note: According to the FBI’s Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report, released on June 1, 2009, violent crimes are down 2.5% nationwide, property crime rates are down 1.6%, and there was an overall decrease in both violent crimes and property crimes.

(CNN) — The federal government will give $1 billion in grants to law enforcement agencies in every state to pay for the hiring and rehiring of law enforcement officers, Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder announced Tuesday.

The money comes from the stimulus bill — the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 — the officials said. The law is designed to help pull the U.S. out of its recession by providing and saving jobs, and helping those most affected by the downturn in the economy.

Beneficiaries can include state, local and tribal governments.

The Department of Justice received more than 7,200 applications for more than 39,000 officer positions, representing a total of $8.3 billion in requested funding.

“The tremendous demand for these grants is indicative of both the tough times our states, cities and tribes are facing, and the unyielding commitment by law enforcement to making our communities safer,” said Attorney General Eric Holder in a statement.

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