Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt says that projected $5.4 million increase in the city's property tax revenue will help his financially strapped department fund a new cadet class, buy 3,600 Tasers, and retain 50 civilian jailers, the Houston Chronicle says. Hurtt said the money also will allow 29 more officers to work closer to the front lines rather than serve as jailers. The 5,400-member Houston Police Department has had 220 officers retire this year . . .
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