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Sunnyside police receive stimulus money from Obama Administration

The stimulus money out of President Obama's office is flowing at such a fast and furious pace that sometimes the recipients aren't even the first to know.

Take the approximately $26,000 federal grant set aside recently for the Sunnyside Police Department.

"This is a brand new development. We actually found out about it through a vendor," said Police Chief Ed Radder. "He said he had some ideas on what we could spend it on."

Radder said the $26,000 figure isn't official yet because law enforcement officials in Yakima County have to get together to make sure the money is divvied out fairly.

He said the final figure won't be too much more or less than the $26,000 figure. The formula for figuring out who gets how much money is based on which county agencies and cities are housing felony prisoners.

As for how the city will spend it, Radder said the idea behind the money is to help offset the economic downturn in the economy. He said Sunnyside will have to show how the funds provide a benefit in saving or creating a job.

That doesn't mean Sunnyside will have to hire a new police officer to receive the money, Radder says. The job saving/creating requirement could come into play with a purchase that helps a vendor employee keep his or her job.

Once the final amount of the grant money is confirmed following a county law enforcement meeting, the Sunnyside Police Department will develop a plan for spending the money. It will then be presented to the Sunnyside City Council for consideration.

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