Stimulus Could Pay For New Police, Equipment

The federal stimulus package could bring new police officers to Louisville Metro. The package makes millions of dollars available to police forces, and Louisville Police Chief Robert White says the city will apply for some of those funds.

But White says the details of how the grant money can be spent aren’t yet clear.

“Getting that infusion of money, that one time money is a great thing, but you’ve got to maintain whatever you bring on board,” he says. “So we’re waiting to get all the particulars of the cops grant, with the authority in mind that we are going to pursue hiring under the cops grant, but we just have to make sure that we can meet all the requirements of the grant.”

White says the LMPD will have to make sure that any new officers hired can be kept on the force after the package’s two-year infusion of money ends.