Los Angeles is a big winner in the federal government’s latest grants to help hire local police officers. The LAPD has won a $18-million grant to hire 240 officers over three years, the Los Angeles Times reports. The cash-strapped city must come up with $31.8 million in matching funds. Officials said they want to accept the federal grant, but are unsure how to pay for it. “This is good news,” said Police Chief William Bratton, whose department now has about 9,200 officers.
The Times says that Bratton and his aides have have sought support from the Justice Department to help with gang problems, community policing and homeland security. Partly as a result, L.A. a bigger share of a $99.3-million grant pot than any other city or county.