Just a question…

…raised by reading this story
When that tiny town of Anguilla, Mississippi spends all that federal money to hire those cops, and they don’t have any more to spend on those cops’ salaries…what then? What I’m about to remember here has an admittedly biased source, but everyone remembers back in the 1990s when Bill Clinton was pushing his crime bill he was saying it would put 100,000 more cops on the streets? Well, I remember Rush Limbaugh saying that those 100,000 cops would only be on the streets for one year. I don’t know where he got that, but it did make sense to me considering the money was going to run out sooner or later. And I seem to recall that number amounted to significantly less staffing increases when the money appropriated by the bill was finally doled out. Why is no one talking about any of that?

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  1. southtexaspistolero Says:

    TOTWTYTR (24.34.8.236)
    As I recall, the Clinton era grants would pay 100% of the salary the first year, 50% the second year, and 25% the third year. After that the department was on it’s own for costs. What happened in reality is that after the third year the positions were used to fill vacancies caused by retirements, terminations, and other losses. So, after the third year, if Officer A retired, Officer B, originally hired with the grant money was used to fill that position. So after the third year the net increase in officers was zero.

    In the end, I think that about half of Clinton’s mythical 100,000 cops were actually hired using grant money. Which Rush pointed out numerous times during that period.

    What will happen in Anguilla is likely the same. They’ll get a short term bump in officers, but when the grant money runs out, the bump will disappear.
    07/29/2009, 17:02:23
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    Mattexian (66.25.254.182)
    There was also the crazy theory, that the ones “hired” by NOPD, suddenly “disappeared” during the Cluster-F that was the Katrina exodus.
    07/29/2009, 17:17:58
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    the pistolero (68.203.231.7)
    In the end, I think that about half of Clinton’s mythical 100,000 cops were actually hired using grant money. Which Rush pointed out numerous times during that period.
    Indeed. I seem to recall the number was somewhere around that. Significantly less than 100,000, at any rate.
    And I bet more civil servants from other departments disappeared too…
    07/30/2009, 08:15:41
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    Firehand (172.134.75.136)
    Some agencies refused to accept the money because they saw what was going to happen. And several years later there were a few news stories(damn few, for some reason the media didn’t want to talk about it) about agencies having to lay off officers because they no longer had money to pay them.

    The don’t talk about it because
    A: They still try to sell “Clinton put a hundred thousand new cops on the street”, and
    B: It would cast doubt on The Obama, and they don’t want to do that.
    07/30/2009, 20:27:59
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