By Caroline Bleakley, Senior Online Editor - email
LAS VEGAS -- The Metro Police Department's Fiscal Affairs Committee approved a $511 million budget Monday morning.
The budget is up from the previous year's budget of $489 million. The budget does include about $25 more million in contributions from the City of Las Vegas and Clark County.
The budget also taps into the "More Cops" money which is money from a sales tax approved by voters in 2004.
"That's what the goal is, to get more officers on the street. The sheriff's got more academies going so we can train more officers, get more people out on the street actually riding in squad cars," Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak said.
Sheriff Doug Gillespie had initially requested a budget of around $518 million, but it was reduced after meetings with city and county leaders.
The budget will go into effect with the start of the fiscal year in July and will fund around 100 new police officers.