D.C. finds funding for more police

More police officers will soon be coming to the District.

Mayor Vincent Gray announced that funding has been found for the hiring of 300 new police officers. MPD will be ready to train its first class of new recruits on Oct. 4.

"Public safety is one of the top priorities of my administration, and this is a substantial step in rebuilding the size of the police force to better serve the citizens of the District of Columbia," said Gray in a statement. "The 300 new officers will add to our dedicated law-enforcement personnel who are already serving in the Metropolitan Police Department."

Gray said hiring the officers will fill positions left vacant due to departures and retirements. He said the department will swell to 3,900 sworn officers by the end of the 2012 fiscal year.