Local law enforcement to get boost from federal government

By Rob Wiercinski - bio | email

Posted by Kate Oatis - email

TOLEDO (WTOL) - Local law enforcement efforts are getting a federal boost, thanks to the award of a justice grant.

About $2.4 million is to be divided among the City of Toledo, the City of Oregon and Lucas County, to support local law enforcement operations.

The Toledo Police Dept. will be receiving $1.2 million of this money. However, it will be used for  for technology upgrades and covering overtime expenses rather than for hiring new officers.

The sheriff's office is getting $485,000, the Oregon police will receive $108,000. Around $500,000 will be earmarked for local criminal justice support programs and $119,000 for administration of the program.

No decisions have been made by Toledo administrators on exactly how this new money will be spent.

"In the coming days, safety director Reinbolt and I will be working with Chief Navarre and his staff to specifically determine where these much needed funds can best be utilized," Mayor Carty Finkbeiner said.

The mayor says the city will soon be applying for a federal grant to hire new officers. As of now, that application will allow Toledo to hire 50 new officers.

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