Twenty-six police agencies in 16 states are barred from receiving shares of $1 billion in federal stimulus money to hire more officers after misusing prior aid, reports USA Today. The Amtrak Police Department and Newark and Camden, N.J., are among the largest departments barred from getting new aid. The agencies agreed to bans on new grants for up to three years rather than pay back about $7.1 million to the government.
Police agencies from Connecticut to Arizona are barred from getting funds. Violations include failing to hire the officers funded by the grants. Defaults are calculated based on the amount of grant money allegedly misused.