Vice president Joe Biden and attorney general Eric Holder announced the grant awards Tuesday morning in Philadelphia.ABC7
Chicago will get more than $13 million to be used toward creating and/or preserving 50 police officer positions.
50 new coppers (if that's what they do with the money) will hardly make a dent in the existing manpower shortage that we have been experiencing for several years now.
The NYPD applied for funds for about 2,000 officers and officials hoped enough money would be awarded to hire 200. The nation's largest department has 35,600 officers, a number that will shrink in coming months because academy classes were canceled.Newsday
2000!!! Wow! And just earlier this evening I had heard a story by Rick Levanthal of Fox News state that the NYPD was down about 3000 coppers since 9/11. (sorry can't find a link).
The Justice Department decided the most worthy cities were those that faced serious budgetary problems and those that have relatively high crime rates, and determined that New York is less needy by both measuresWNYC