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Federal stimulus data indicates that Oklahoma law enforcement agencies are choosing to spend the money on weapons and other equipment instead of hiring officers.

Oklahoma cities and counties spent about $7.7 million of the stimulus money on equipment. Authorities say hiring officers using stimulus funds would be unwise, because when the money runs out, departments might not be able to pay them.

Police in Stillwater, Shawnee, Ponca City and Cushing bought stun guns with some of their stimulus money. Cushing Police Chief Terry Brannon says police there also bought mobile breath alcohol testing equipment and a lab fuming cabinet.

Bartlesville Police Chief Tom Holland says his agency bought 55 rifles, magazines and ammunition. Jim Spearman, the professional standards administrator for Norman police, says that agency bought a video and audio recording system for the interview room.

Source: AP News via Alva Review-Courier.

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