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2 Utah cities get money to hire veterans as police

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Two Utah agencies are getting federal dollars to hire recent veterans as police officers.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Two Utah agencies are getting federal dollars to hire recent veterans as police officers.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Monday that the City of LaVerkin is receiving $125,000 to hire one officer, and the West Jordan Department of Public Safety is getting $500,000 to hire four officers.

The justice department is funding more than 600 new law enforcement positions and funding another 200 positions nationwide that were recently lost or are in jeopardy because of budget cuts.

Eligible new hires must have served at least six months in the military since Sept. 11, 2001.

The hires are part of the Veteran Jobs Corps initiative that President Barack Obama announced during his State of the Union address.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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