There continues to be criticism of the millions of stimulus dollars with a constant refrain being “to pork.” Well, it turns out that much of the spending is going to law enforcement and school security. Take for example the Central Valley in California.

According to California Rep. Dennis Cardoza, more than $37 million has been recently allocated to help fight criminal activity in the Central Valley. Included is nearly $17 million to retain and hire police officers, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus package. The funds come from the Department of Justice COPS Hiring Recovery Program.

Additionally, $14 million has been restored to drug-fighting efforts in California and the Central Valley and $100,000 has been secured for gang suppression and intervention efforts in Merced County.

"It is absolutely imperative that we do all we can to fight crime in the Central Valley," said Congressman Cardoza. "This funding is a significant means to do just that and I am pleased to announce it."