U.S. Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell this week praised the new federal
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- Crime and criminals; George J Mitchell
U.S. Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell this week praised the new federal crime bill, in part because the money from federal grants could add 500 to 800 police to the state's current total of around 1,700. Some local officials are concerned that accepting the federal money will cost too much to local communities, since towns must put up local funds to receive the federal funds, and the federal money will dry up in five years. Most of the positions funded through the crime bill will be related to community policing, which puts more police on foot and bike patrols and has them working closer with residents. Details.