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U.S. Attorney General Announces Funding For Law Enforcement Positions In 44 Cities, Including Philadelphia

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder is announcing more than $111 million in funding for more than 800 law enforcement positions across the country, including 44 in cities in Pennsylvania.

Holder announced the funding at Philadelphia City Hall on Monday. It comes through the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

Philadelphia will get $3.1 million for 25 officers, one of the biggest awards in the country. Los Angeles is getting $6.4 million for 25 officers, while Chicago is getting $3.1 million for 25 officers.

Elsewhere in Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh is getting $1.4 million for 13 positions; Chester is getting $625,000 for 5; and Alquippa is getting more than $107,000 for one.

The grants require that all new positions funded by the program must be filled by recent military veterans.

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