LAPD to get much needed stimulus funding

LOS ANGELES /*Bratton*/ told reporters Friday that law enforcement agencies across the nation will get over $4 billion from the stimulus plan.

Bratton and Los Angeles Mayor /*Antonio Villaraigosa*/ were in Washington, D.C. last week to lobby for stimulus funds. Bratton said he expects his department to be rewarded.

At his Friday news availability, Bratton said "I think we are going to do quite well in Washington. There's $4 billion that's specifically for law enforcement. $1 billion is for the hiring of new police officers."

"I think we are going to be able to compete, and compete successfully to acquire some of those federal funds hopefully for several hundred officers potentially out of that money," Bratton continued. "We'll have to wait, it's a competitive grant".

Bratton says the /*Obama*/ administration is very open to assisting local law enforcement and the funds will help police cut the crime rate in Los Angeles. With this in mind, Bratton said he intends to be back in the nation's capitol next week to lobby for further federal assistance.


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