Police chiefs cope with complex applications to get stimulus funds

By Joan Mazzolini
Cleveland Plain Dealer

For police chiefs, the federal application for stimulus money to hire new officers was a lot like a high school test, with its multiple-choice questions and 2,000-character essay.

Now the chiefs have to wait while they are rated by the 50 U.S. Department of Justice employees who have been assigned to read all the tests. They don't expect to hear about a decision until September.

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