Stimulus grants help Maine police fund TASERs


By David Hench
Portland Press-Herald

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PORTLAND, Maine — As bleak as the forecast is for municipal spending, acting Police Chief Joseph Loughlin got some good news last week: Economic stimulus money could make possible some equipment purchases that he says will improve officers' ability to keep the peace.

Portland is due to receive almost $700,000 in U.S. Department of Justice grants to pay for equipment, technology and specialized enforcement, and Loughlin said it couldn't come at a better time.

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