New Los Angeles police officers mingle on graduation day at the city’s Police Academy.
In the midst of a recession with continuously rising unemployment, Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder announced Tuesday that the government will hand out $1 billion in grants to law enforcement agencies across the country. The money will go toward hiring and rehiring police officers in all 50 states.
The federal government will give $1 billion in grants to law enforcement agencies in every state to pay for the hiring and rehiring of law enforcement officers, Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder announced Tuesday.
The money comes from the stimulus bill—the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009—the officials said. The law is designed to help pull the U.S. out of its recession by providing and saving jobs, and helping those most affected by the downturn in the economy.
Beneficiaries can include state, local and tribal governments.