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Officer Steven Meador, right, and other members of the graduating police academy class take the job oath during a ceremony at Chattanooga State Community College in June. / Angela Lewis Times Free Press. Officer Steven Meador, right, and other members of the graduating police academy class take the job oath during a ceremony at Chattanooga State Community College in June. / Angela Lewis Times Free Press.

CHATTANOOGA (Times Free Press) - Chattanooga would like to see more federal money pumped into its police department, bolstering the number of officers on the streets.

The City Council is scheduled to vote tonight to approve applying for a $4.4 million Community Oriented Police Services, or COPS, grant, a year after receiving a similar grant.

"It's something too good not to do," said Richard Beeland, spokesman for Mayor Ron Littlefield. "We need police officers."

The grant would pay for 23 additional police officers on the streets for three years. The city then would have to match in the fourth year.

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