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Federal funds to put more cops to work in metro Phoenix

PHOENIX -- Four Valley cities have received Department of Justice money to put more cops on the streets and in the schools.

Phoenix received almost $2 million, enough to pay for 15 School Resource Officers. Phoenix Councilman Daniel Valenzuela led the effort to bring in the federal dollars.

"These officers will help keep our children safe and that's an additional opportunity to keep our families safe," Valenzuela said.

Phoenix received an additional $50,000 from the DOJ to target the resale of stolen goods.

Glendale was granted $1.2 million and Jay O'Neil with Glendale Police says that will put 10 new officers on the streets.

"This will help public safety in Glendale," O'Neil explained. "The economy didn't allow us to fill open positions and this will allow us to increase our authorized strength."

City of Maricopa and Peoria Police received $375,000 apiece and each will hire three new officers.

Other cities throughout the state also benefited from the DOJ. Clarkdale received $125,000 for one new officer. The Tohono O'Odham Nation Police will hire three new officers with their portion of $375,000, and Yuma received $1 million, allowing for eight new officers.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.

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