08/25/2010

Many Okla. cities choose guns over cops

Cities and counties spent nearly $7.7 million of their American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds on everything from patrol vehicles to digital video systems to high-powered guns

By Gavin Off
World Data

TULSA, Okla. — While Tulsa elected to rehire police officers with its $3.5 million stimulus grant, dozens of law enforcement departments and emergency response agencies across Oklahoma used similar funding to upgrade weapons and equipment, federal stimulus data show.

Statewide, cities and counties spent nearly $7.7 million of their American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds on everything from patrol vehicles to digital video systems to high-powered guns. The stimulus money, officers said, allowed the departments to buy equipment that they needed but otherwise would not be able to afford.

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