Obama seeks to keep election vow to hire more cops

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration's first budget seeks to fulfill his campaign promise to put 50,000 more police officers on the streets.

Through a grant program called COPS, the government pays most of the salaries of new hires in their first years on the job.

The Obama plan does not indicate how long it would take to hire that many new officers. Currently many local jurisdictions are trimming their work forces.

The administration also wants to focus more federal agents on financial fraud.

The FBI would get nearly one of every four Justice Department dollars. Obama also wants to spend more on civil rights enforcement, helping ex-cons rejoin society, and border and immigration enforcement.


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