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Police In West Virginia Could Be Hit Hard By Sequester
Written by Andrew Forgotch
Last updated on February 26, 2013 @ 7:35PM
Created on February 26, 2013 @ 6:03PM
 
The deadline is looming closer and closer until $85-billion in automatic spending cuts, better known as the sequester, are slated to kick.
 
Congress and the President Barack Obama have three days to strike a deal.
 
If they can come to an agreement police departments will be hit hard.
 
If there's no deal police in the Mountain State could lose a little less than $100,000 in funding.
 
Police departments across the state rely on local tax money and federal grants
 
West Virginia will lose funding for Justice Assistance Grants, which supplies funding for a lot of small police departments in the state.
 
One department who gets money from those grants is the Star City Police Department. However, they found out they won't lose any funding even if there's no deal to avoid the sequester.
 
Star City Police Chief Vic Propst told 5 News other departments won't be as lucky.
 
Propst said he uses the grant money his department gets to hire additional officers. He mentioned the money from the grant has allowed him to free up other money that they've used to buy more equipment to keep folks safe.
 
Propst worries others won't be as lucky as to avoid funding cuts.
 
"It gives us the chance to get started and it gives the city a chance to get budgets in order," Propst said. "It also gives a chance to plan for the future of the police protection the city needs."

Propst said about 60 percent of the local departments in the state hire less than 10 officers, and those are the ones that count on the grants the most.

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