Mesa police chief wants to use stimulus funds to add officers

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Chief wants to hire more officers

MESA -- Mesa's police chief is hoping to use some federal stimulus funds to hire more officers.

Chief George Gascon says this would save the city a lot of money in the long run.

The government is allocating $1 billion for police departments nationwide to hire officers.

The money would pay salary and benefits of entry level officers for three years.

The department would be required to keep those officers on duty for at least another year and pay for their equipment.