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Durbin: Chicago to get more than $1M for 15 new police officers

Updated: September 27, 2013 4:11PM

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin announced Friday the federal government will give the city nearly $1.9 million to hire 15 police officers.

Chicago is one of 263 cities that will be given money through the Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services program, according to a statement from Durbin.

In total, five communities in Illinois received a total of $3.5 million, according to the statement. Southwest suburban Broadview is the only other Chicago area community to receive money, and will get $125,000 for one police officer.

“Even as tight budgets have forced many law enforcement agencies to reduce the number of officers on duty, the safety of our communities must be our top priority,” Durbin said in the statement. “This funding will help meet that goal and combat crime by putting more local cops on the beat.”

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