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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Salt Lake City Police Department has won a $2 million federal grant to hire 10 patrol officers.
Mayor Ralph Becker's spokeswoman says six of the positions will be used to ward off expected layoffs while the other four jobs will be for new officers.
The money is part of $1 billion in stimulus funds awarded nationwide to help keep police officers on the beat during the economic downturn.
The other Utah cities to win grants are West Valley City, South Salt Lake, La Verkin and Roosevelt.
The Conference Tribes of the Goshute Reservation Police Department also won a grant to hire an additional officer. The state's overall take for the six agencies was more than $5 million for a total of 25 officers.
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