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February 27, 2009

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Stimulus money could save jobs, may reach departments "within weeks"

By Kevin Johnson
USA Today

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Obama administration is reviving a controversial Clinton-era police hiring program, and the lack of restrictions on the money has critics warning of wasteful spending.

The stimulus package loosens the old rules for the program by dropping a provision that required police agencies to pay millions in local dollars to tap federal hiring grants. It gives police agencies nearly unfettered access to $1 billion over three years for hiring up to 6,000 officers as many departments face cuts.

Full story: Stimulus money could save jobs, may reach departments "within weeks"