Thursday, May 14, 2009

3 Suburban Police Agencies Barred From Receiving Federal Stimulus Money

Three suburban police departments have been barred from receiving any of the $1 billion dollars in federal stimulus money being handed out by the Obama Administration. The City of Chicago is scheduled to receive $20 million dollars in stimulus money. This money will be used to buy equipment and cover police overtime pay. However, three suburban police departments will not be allowed to take any of the stimulus money because of past mistakes. The three agencies are Harwood Heights, Calumet Park and Stone Park. In 1995, the Clinton Administration started the Community Oriented Policing Services Program (COPS) so that 100,000 additional police officers could be hired. These 3 agencies were given money by this program and failed to meet certain requirements. Instead of the Justice Department requiring that the money be repaid, they agreed to let these agencies keep the money but be barred from accepting any federal money for 3 years. Stone Park failed to keep officers hired because of this program for one year as required. Calumet Park misspent about $37,500 in COPS grant money.

Approximately 26 police agencies across the nation have been barred from receiving any federal stimulus money.

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