Minnesota to get $11 million to hire 53 new police officers

Minnesota will get more than $11 million in stimulus money to hire 53 police officers.

The grants announced Tuesday will fund the officers' salaries for three years. Each police department will then have to pay the officers for a fourth year.

St. Paul will get money for 28 officers and Minneapolis 13.

The $1 billion is just a fraction of what police departments across the country had hoped to get. The Obama administration accepted about one of every seven requests for aid.

Areas to receive one officer each are: Olivia, Brooklyn Center, Park Rapids, Big Lake, Waite Park, Columbia Heights, Pike Bay, Mahnomen County, Isanti, the Leech Lake Tribal Council, the Upper Sioux Indian Community and the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians.

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