July 30, 2009

Editor’s note: According to the FBI’s Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report, released on June 1, 2009, violent crimes are down 2.5% nationwide, property crime rates are down 1.6%, and there was an overall decrease in both violent crimes and property crimes.

[efoods]The federal government will give $1 billion in grants to law enforcement agencies in every state to pay for the hiring and rehiring of law enforcement officers, Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder announced Tuesday.

The money comes from the stimulus bill — the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 — the officials said. The law is designed to help pull the U.S. out of its recession by providing and saving jobs, and helping those most affected by the downturn in the economy.

Beneficiaries can include state, local and tribal governments.

The Department of Justice received more than 7,200 applications for more than 39,000 officer positions, representing a total of $8.3 billion in requested funding.

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