Federal money will pay for more officers in Missouri
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Four Missouri cities will receive federal grants to help hire more police officers.
The U.S. Justice Department announced Monday that the state will receive a total of $3.7 million.
The largest share will go to St. Louis, which will receive $1.8 million to hire 15 more officers by next summer.
Springfield will receive enough money for 11 officers; Cape Girardeau for three and Berkeley for two officers. The grants will pay for salaries and benefits for the officers for three years.
The COPS program awarded more than $107 million to about 200 agencies nationwide.