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City applies for stimulus funding to hire two new cops

The city of Woodbury is looking to the federal government to fund two new police officer positions.

The Woodbury City Council voted Wednesday, April 8 to approve a resolution to authorize the Woodbury Public Safety Department to apply for federal economic stimulus funding to that would pay for the salaries of two new entry level police officer positions for a total of 36 months.

The funding would come from a federal COPS grant program, which received a with the recent passage of the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act" that received Congressional approval earlier this year.

Last year the Public Safety Department originally requested funding in the city's 2009 budget for four new police officer positions. The city council originally approved a budget that would allow for two new public safety hires, but since that time, the city has faced more budget constraints due to the downtown in the economy and the city decided keep the positions vacant.

The deadline for the application process was April 14.