Federal officials announced Tuesday the city will receive $11.3 million in economic stimulus funds to hire 50 more police officers. The city had requested money to hire 200 officers.
Deputy police Chief George Turner said the department was thrilled with Tuesday’s announcement, noting some big cities received no funding at all.
Turner said the department is trying to combat crime with strike teams in various areas and other tactics. Turner said crime citywide is down 9 percent so far this year, but he acknowledged there’s lots of work to do.
“We’re not satisfied,” he said. “People are still being victimized.”