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Town Gets $106,000 for Nonexistent Police Dept.

October 15, 1994|Associated Press

MOFFETT, Okla. — This town of 340 people has received a $106,000 federal grant to fight crime. Now all it needs is a police department.

Town officials said they were surprised to learn they were among the first 392 municipalities to share $200 million designated by the federal crime bill for hiring police officers.

"All we need is a part-time officer, three nights a week on weekends," said David Lindsey, one of the town's two councilors. "We don't have no trouble the rest of the time. A retired policeman who will work cheap is all we need." The town laid off its only officer in April because there was no money to pay him.

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