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More Than Gas Masks Needed for Police, Mrs. Clinton Says

Congress has appropriated $4 million to help the New York Police Department pay for protective equipment, including gas masks, but Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and union and police officials said yesterday that the police needed several hundred million dollars more to help prepare for and respond to a possible terrorist attack. At a news conference held to announce the new funds, Mrs. Clinton said that she had secured the money in the appropriations bill approved Feb. 13 and that it would allow the department to buy thousands of gas masks. But the senator, along with the heads of the unions representing police officers and sergeants, said the city and the Police Department needed $900 million more. The department is seeking $261 million. “We need more help from the federal government for the additional burdens that are being imposed on the N.Y.P.D., the burdens that require the constant vigilance that this city is known for,” Mrs. Clinton said outside the 13th Precinct station house near Gramercy Park. “But we’re not getting the help we need, and it is a grave concern throughout the city and at every level of government.” Full Story

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