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Published July 03, 2013, 10:54 AM

North Dakota oil patch law agencies want money for officers

WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) — Some law enforcement officials in the western North Dakota oil patch say crime-fighting grants approved by the Legislature can't be used for what they need most — more officers.

WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) — Some law enforcement officials in the western North Dakota oil patch say crime-fighting grants approved by the Legislature can't be used for what they need most — more officers.

The $16.6 million approved by state lawmakers earlier this year can be used for equipment, housing, vehicles, training and overtime.

Billings County Sheriff Dave Jurgens says he thinks law agencies should be able to use grant dollars to hire more officers. He says, "if you get vehicles and equipment, somebody's got to run it."

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says the grants aren't designed to fund personnel because the dollars are one-time funding.

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