- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Four Missouri cities will receive federal grants to help hire more police officers.

The U.S. Justice Department announced Monday that the state will receive a total of $3.7 million.

The largest share will go to St. Louis, which will receive $1.8 million to hire 15 more officers by next summer.

Springfield will receive $1.3 million for 11 officers; Cape Girardeau $355,156 for three officers and Berkeley $216,171 for two officers. The grants will pay for salaries and benefits for the officers for three years.

The COPS program awarded more than $107 million to about 200 agencies nationwide.

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