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Feds fund more cops for GF other local governments

The White House announced Tuesday that the Grand Forks Police Department has secured federal stimulus money to pay two new officers. The department was awarded $360,436 -- enough to cover the officers' salaries and benefits for three years. As pa...

The White House announced Tuesday that the Grand Forks Police Department has secured federal stimulus money to pay two new officers.

The department was awarded $360,436 -- enough to cover the officers' salaries and benefits for three years. As part of the deal, the department must retain the officers for a fourth year.

"It is a good thing for the department," Lt. Jim Remer said. "It's something that we're excited about."

Remer said one officer will join the Community Resource Bureau, which works with victims and educates residents on crime prevention, and another will be an investigator in the Criminal Investigations Bureau. Through both positions, Remer said, the department hopes to increase its interaction with the community.

The addition of two bodies will bring the department's force to 82 officers, Remer said.

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Elsewhere in the region, four other entities each received money to pay one officer: the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians in North Dakota, the Griggs County (N.D.) Sheriff's Office, the Mahnomen County (Minn.) Sheriff's Office and the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians in Minnesota.

The Fargo Police Department will receive more than $1.4 million to pay seven officers -- the most of any North Dakota agency.

Close to $5 million was awarded to law enforcement agencies in North Dakota to pay 29 officers, and more than $11.5 million was earmarked to pay 53 officers in Minnesota.

The money is part of $1 billion in grants designated for the hiring or rehiring of 1,046 officers nationwide under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed by Congress this year.

Reach Ingersoll at (701) 780-1269; (800) 477-6572, ext. 269; or send e-mail to aingersoll@gfherald.com .

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