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Adams Opposes Fed $$$ For New Cops

The city of Coeur d’Alene is moving forward with a plan to seek a federal grant to hire three new police officers who would form a Community Action Team that would be based at the police department’s substation on E. Sherman Avenue and focus on building community relations. A City Council subcommittee on Tuesday voted 2-1 to forward a favorable recommendation to the full council to pursue the grant. Councilmember Steve Adams voted against pursuing up to $375,000 through a COPS hiring grant administered through the Department of Justice. If approved, the grant will fund up to 75 percent of an officer’s wages and benefits up to $125,000 per officer, Police Chief Lee White told the General Services Committee/Coeur d'Alene Today. More here.

Question: And this is exactly why Councilman Steve Adams should become a one-term council member. A vote against 3 new officers simply because he doesn't like the federal "strings attached" is goofy. Paging future Councilman English. Thoughts?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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