Stimulus grants to save police jobs

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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grants totaling $16.5 million will fund 65 law enforcement jobs, including six positions in the El Paso County D.A.’s office for juvenile diversion that were scheduled to be terminated.

In all, Recovery Act grants will support 77 programs, including eight statewide projects costing $6.5 million. The remaining 69 programs costing $9.9 million are distributed among municipal and county agencies throughout Colorado.

“Local law enforcement agencies have faced drops in federal funding in recent years, so these Recovery Act funds are extremely helpful and are allowing law enforcement programs to survive,” said Peter A. Weir, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Safety.

A state advisory board met for five days during July to rank more than 200 applications that requested $89 million.

Among the projects selected for funding:

  • A new police investigative technician at the Brighton Police Department
  • A new police officer in Granada
  • New police radios in Alamosa
  • A new crime analyst and crime trend technology for Sheridan
  • A new domestic violence prosecutor for La Plata County
  • A new metro Denver crisis line for mental health, substance abuse and human service needs

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