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County to receive $500K to hire veterans

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Posted: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 9:31 am

BOISE (AP) — Two Idaho communities — one in the north and the other in the state's east — are getting $650,000 combined from U.S. Department of Justice to add military veterans to their forces.

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Department will receive $500,000 and the St. Anthony Police Department will get $150,000.

The two law enforcement agencies were announced on Monday as recipients of the grants from the DOJ's Community Oriented Policing Services program.

Designed to save or create some 800 law enforcement jobs nationwide, the money must be used to created positions filled by recent military veterans who have served at least 180 days since Sept. 11, 2001.

All told, communities across the United States are getting $111 million in 2012 for the hiring program that's been pushed by President Barack Obama.

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  • Keven Johnson posted at 5:53 pm on Tue, Jun 26, 2012.

    Keven Johnson Posts: 1260

    This is a BAD idea on so many levels it's inconceivable that we would even consider accepting this federal bribe. Accepting federal money at all has strings attached that make it a bad idea. But it's an especially bad idea for the Sheriff's department to accept this bribe. The county sheriff is charged with protecting the citizens against all threats, including (especially?) the threat of federal government tyranny. How can we trust the sheriff to protect our constitutional rights from an overzealous federal bureaucracy while at the same time accepting money from them?

    Of course I guess it's a moot point since future Sheriff Wolfinger thinks that anything the federal government does is "ok" , including indefinite detention of American citizens without charges, as provided for in the NDAA (which Wolfinger hadn't even heard of when questioned about it last April).

    Time is running out, folks...... it ain't gonna be pretty when the "Stuff" hits the fan.

  • ancientemplar posted at 10:03 am on Tue, Jun 26, 2012.

    ancientemplar Posts: 1135

    I believe in supporting our vets to the fullest extent that we can but what will happen when the $500K runs out? Either they'll try to raise taxes or lay people off. Its the same problem with any federal grant for employment. Do-gooders with no realization of the future consequences.

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