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President Barack Hussein Obama passed the stimulus bill, there is $1 billion in aid to help cities, and states keep police officers working and avoid layoffs during the economic downturn. The aid looks to be a little short because for every $1 to be delivered, another $7 has been requested. There is not enough under the grant program, Community Oriented Policing Services(COPS). This is hitting New York, Houston, Seattle and Pittsburgh the hardest as the Justice Department ruled that other parts of the country are in more need. There have been 7,000 state and local agencies bellying up to the trough for aid under the COPS program. Close to 1,000 have been approved and each state is entitled to at least $5 million in COPS money. The Justice Department decided the most worthy cities were those that faced serious budgetary problems and those that have relatively high crime rates. The Justice Department estimates the grant awards will help hire 3,818 new officers, and keep 881 existing positions. Under the COPS program, the federal government pays the officers’ salary and benefits for three years, after which the local government is responsible for the costs. Let us not cry for New York as it has received some money from a different stimulus program this year to the tune $29 million. Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder are going to appear in Philadelphia on Tuesday to announce the grant awards.

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