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Clinton announces $50 million in police grants.

In a conference call from his Oval Office, President Clinton informed mayors from six cities that some of their law enforcement agencies would be receiving grants to hire new police officers under the new Police Hiring Supplemental Program. The grants, totalling about $50 million, were awarded to 74 local law enforcement agencies and will help to hire 658 police officers.

These awards represent only the first round of a three part process.

The goal of the Police Hiring Supplemental Program is to improve the ability of law enforcement agencies to engage in community policing to prevent crime, promote problem solving and enhance public safety by providing grants for the hiring of additional law enforcement officers.

In July of last year, President Clinton signed the 1993 Supplemental Appropriation Act, which provided $150 million for this program. Applications for grants are being considered competitively in three rounds.

With $100 million still available for the hiring of additional law enforcement officers, about 150 more police departments will receive grants over the next several months. in round one, California received the largest number of grants, 13, which equals approximately 22 percent of the funds distributed. The city of Los Angeles received $4 million to hire 54 additional police officers. Florida received seven grants, which represents about 8 percent of the funds; and Texas received five grants, which accounts for approximately 10 percent of the funds.

The City of San Antonio received $3 million to hire 40 additional police officers. Some other cities and counties which received grants in the $2 million range include Baltimore, Maryland; SaCramento County, Calif.; -Aurora, Colo.; Orlando, Fla.; Newark, N.J.; and Buffalo, N.Y.
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Title Annotation:President Bill Clinton
Author:Tabin, Barrie
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Jan 3, 1994
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