- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - The city of Springfield will receive a federal grant to help hire 10 more police officers.

The city learned Monday that it will receive a three-year grant of just over $1 million from the U.S. Department of Justice. The city must make a cash match of 25 percent and pay the full cost of the officers after three years.

The Springfield News-Leader reports (https://sgfnow.co/1rpR7zE ) the police department is already recruiting for a 25-member police academy class to begin early next year. The grant would allow for a second academy class with 10 more officers to begin in June. The grant-funded officers could be working by March 2016.

The department has about 310 officers, with an authorized strength of 331.

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Information from: Springfield News-Leader, https://www.news-leader.com


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