GJPD getting stimulus money for more officers

By: KKCO/Associated Press Email
By: KKCO/Associated Press Email

The Grand Junction Police Department is among 13 agencies in Colorado getting $5 million in federal stimulus money to pay for police officers.

The largest recipient in Colorado is Grand Junction, which is receiving $1.3 million for five officers. 11 News will have more from the GJPD on what this means for the department and the community.

Other departments getting money through community oriented policing services, or cops, include Commerce City, more than $872,000 for four officers, and Englewood, more than $697,000 for three officers.

Under the cops program, the federal government pays the officers' salary and benefits for three years. After that, the local government is responsible for the costs.

Larimer County didn't apply for the money out of concern that it wouldn't be able to continue the positions once the funding ends.

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