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Giffords announces $12 million for Tucson PD

The U.S. Department of Justice is sending a little over $12 million to the Tucson Police Department.

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords announced Thursday the money will pay for the salaries of 50 Tucson police officers.

In a news release distributed by Giffords’ office, Tucson Mayor Bob Walkup said he was “thrilled to death” that Tucson was selected for funding.

He says the cash comes at a critical time for Tucson as it faces budget cuts and possible layoffs of police officers.

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