While Tulsa elected to rehire police officers with its stimulus grant of $3.5 million, dozens of other law enforcement departments and emergency response agencies across Oklahoma instead used stimulus funds to upgrade weapons and equipment, federal data show.
Statewide, cities and counties spent nearly $7.7 million of their American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds on everything from patrol vehicles to digital video systems and high-power firearms.
The money, officials said, allowed the departments to buy equipment they needed but could not otherwise afford. They said hiring officers would create problems in coming years when the stimulus money runs out and departments might not be able to meet salaries.Click here to read the complete article at Tulsaworld.com
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Cushing police chief Terry Brannon