A windfall of stimulus dollars is coming to Missouri law enforcement to keep up with criminals, but the real economic impact from the dollars may be felt elsewhere.
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In the first wave of $25 million dollars in Edward Byrne Justice grants, about $1.5 million is going to cities, counties and drug task forces to fight cyber crime.
"Without this particular grant, we would not be able to carry on this initiative," said Major Kevin Routh of the Springfield police department, which is using the money to apply for new computer equipment and officer training.
"Are we in a position where down the road the rules may change and they may change for any reason, and the rules may be changed by anybody? And the city attorney's answer was yes," said Springfield City Councilman Nick Ibarra, a skeptic of embracing federal stimulus money to sustain local programs.
"If we're buying computers that were produced in Taiwan, it doesn't simulate the Springfield economy. If we're buying software that was produced in California, it doesn't stimulate the Springfield economy," noted Missouri State University professor of economics Tom Wyrich.
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