Springfield gets grant to add more police

5 years 3 weeks 17 hours ago Tuesday, September 30 2014 Sep 30, 2014 Tuesday, September 30, 2014 6:05:00 AM CDT September 30, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD (AP) - The city of Springfield will receive a federal grant to help hire 10 more police officers.

The city learned Monday that it will receive a three-year grant of just over $1 million from the U.S. Department of Justice. The city must make a cash match of 25 percent and pay the full cost of the officers after three years.

The Springfield News-Leader reports (http://sgfnow.co/1rpR7zE ) the police department is already recruiting for a 25-member police academy class to begin early next year. The grant would allow for a second academy class with 10 more officers to begin in June. The grant-funded officers could be working by March 2016.

The department has about 310 officers, with an authorized strength of 331.

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