A shortage of cops may not be a problem for San Jose much longer.
Police officers who lost their jobs to budget cuts could soon be back on the force. The U.S. Department of Justice is offering the San Jose Police Department a $7.1 million grant.
The money could be used to hire 16 new officers. Officers who have been laid off or may soon be laid off are also eligible. The grant would fund the officers' salaries for the first three years, but the city of San Jose would have to fund the fourth year.
San Jose has 90 days to accept the grant and the rules that go along with it.
The money is part of a federal program available to 379 law enforcement agencies across the country that makes nearly $300 million available to help preserve law enforcement jobs.