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Jefferson City police and fire departments asking for more funding

The Jefferson City Public Safety Committee has sent issues on to the city council.

The police and fire departments brought up a number of points in the meeting Thursday morning.

The police department is asking council to approve a handful of grants from MoDOT.

The grants include funds for DWI enforcement over St. Patrick’s Day, seat belt enforcement, and long term DWI enforcement.

The money will help pay overtime for officers.

The fire department also asked for the approval to apply for a grant from FEMA.

The grant would cover two firefighters’ salaries for two years.

The fire union president also said they’d like the city to uphold its end of the contract agreement, and have the number of firefighters on staff that was agreed upon.

The Jefferson City Fire Dept. has been down on these two positions since 2013.

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