It’s called the hiring recovery program. Police departments, many of which had to lose officers as the economy dropped, have a new financial lifeline through a federal stimulus program that will help departments hire and retain officers or rehire those who have been laid off. There is about $1 billion for police departments across the country. It is estimated that about 5,500 law enforcement jobs will be saved. Fire departments face the same budgetary pressures, and a second stimulus program. The program provides more than $210 million for firehouse construction across the nation and makes it more affordable for towns to make new hires. No matter the supports, it is expected that enterprises will shift to more security officers as local law enforcement agencies size down.
Stimulus, Security and the Police
April 1, 2009