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City council debates whether to keep police officer once grant expires

Scott Seitz2 • Dec 13, 2012 at 5:39 PM

The city of Norwalk recently discussed whether to take on the full cost of a police officer once the COPS grant expires next year.

Officer Paul Gardner was hired a couple years ago, with the help of the COPS grant, which pays for the officer's base salary.

Because that grant is set to expire in mid-2013, city officials were faced with deciding whether they could afford to keep the officer employed.

Keeping Gardner would mean Norwalk must pay the full cost of the officer for the second half of 2013 and then the full cost beginning in 2014. The full cost for an officer for one year, including salary, benefits and uniforms, was estimated at city council at about $80,000 annually.

When passing the 2013 budget during its recent meeting, council made its decision.

A story about this subject was published in the Reflector.

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