Tucson police get federal grant

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Thanks to a new grant, the Tucson Police Department will add, or save, 50 jobs.

The federal "cops" grant awarded TPD $12.3 million from the Depatment of Justice. But whether TPD actually adds officers still depends on whether voters pass Prop 400, a half cent sales tax increase.

"If prop 400 passes, then we are actually going to be hiring 50 people," said Chief Roberto Villaseñor of the Tucson Police Department.
 "If prop 400 doesn't pass, then we're just preventing the layoff of 50 people who were going to be laid off without the proposition passing."

In its application, TPD wrote it plans to use the additional officers to implement "Neighborhood Enhancement Teams" to work closely in individual neighborhoods.