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Federal grant allows Ohio cities to rehire police

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A $16 million federal grant allows eight Ohio police departments to rehire officers laid off due to budget cuts.

The grant from the U.S. Department of Justice allows 67 laid-off Ohio police officers to resume their jobs for at least three years.

The money will cover full salary and benefits for the rehired officers.

The biggest winners in Ohio are Cincinnati and Cleveland which received $6.8 million and $5.8 million respectively to recall 25 police officers each.

Middletown received $1 million to hire back four officers, while the city of Lima and Lorain and Ashtabula Counties were all awarded around $400,000 to hire back two officers apiece.

Cleveland Public Safety Director Martin L. Flask says the returning officers are all well-trained and ready to resume duty.