TPD wants stimulus money to hire 50 more officers

TOLEDO (WTOL) - It looks like there might be a Toledo police class this year after all. Police Chief Mike Navarre went before city council Tuesday afternoon, asking for approval to apply for a grant.

If the city gets a chunk of the $1 billion set aside in the federal economic stimulus plan, the chief says around 50 officers could be hired. The grant would pay 100 percent of their salaries, for the first three years.

"It's a very good development. I know it's going to be very competitive. A billion dollars seems like a lot of money but there are going to be a lot of cities in this country applying for that money. And we're just one of those," Navarre said.

The city would have to pay the salaries after the third year of employment.