Millions in stimulus money heading to Mississippi

By Danielle Thomas - bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - 18 million dollars in stimulus money is headed to Mississippi police and sheriff's departments. That according to the White House. One coast police chief says his department is feeling the economic pinch and could definitely use the money.

Here's what law enforcement agencies along Mississippi coast are slated to receive. Gulfport's award is among the highest in the state, nearly 280 thousand dollars.

Chief Allan Weatherford says with departmental budget cuts and a hiring freeze announced by the mayor this week finances are tight.

"With the way the economy is, the budget tightning throughout this country, it's going to impact us greatly at a time of need, " said chief Allan Weatherford. "And we're going to have to sit down and look at it real closely, and the way the economy is and figure out what is the best use of this funding."

The chief says he plans to hold meetings to discuss how the stimulus money will be best spent.

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