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Struggling city may not match $1.75M COPS grant
by Associated Press
Jun 25, 2012 | 849 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Officials in a financially struggling southern Nevada city have some math to do before accepting a federal grant that Democratic U.S. Sen. Harry Reid says could preserve up to 14 police jobs.

The $1.75 million grant announced Monday for North Las Vegas comes from the Community Oriented Policing Services office of the Justice Department.

While police Sgt. Tim Bedwell says the department is excited about the money, accepting COPS Hiring Program money may require the city to contribute more than $3 million in matching funds.

Bedwell and city spokeswoman Juliet Casey say that’ll be up to the City Council.

The council recently authorized the city manager to declare a state of emergency and suspend municipal contracts due to financial woes in a city with widespread unemployment, foreclosures and bankruptcies.
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