Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says the city has obtained federal money to help pay for more police officers on the local force. "Lexington has received a three point nine million dollar federal grant that will pay the salaries and benefits of twenty-five new police officers for the next three years. This kind of support is really important in times like today."
Lexington was one of only 13 cities to have its grant application for the twenty-five officers fully funded. The money is being divvied up amongst a total of 238 police forces nationwide.
The mayor also today appointed a steering committee for a public safety task force that will look at a number of issues including, crime, E-911, and operation of the Fayette County Detention Center.
The steering committee will be headed up by former Gray Transition Team chair Chris Frost.