JEFFERSON CITY | The Missouri State Highway Patrol will be getting $3.4 million from the federal stimulus act to create a rural crimes task force.
The competitive grant was announced Thursday.
The funds will support 10 criminal investigators, two criminal analysts, a part-time administrator and overtime for local police agencies that work with the patrol to fight rural crimes.
The money is to be used over a two-year period ending July 31, 2011. The grant also will fund the purchase of equipment and supplies for investigators.
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Gov. Jay Nixon said the new rural crimes task force will aid the mission of an existing task force that focuses on cattle thefts and other farm crimes.