The Missouri State Highway Patrol will be able to create a rural crimes task force thanks to a federal grant.

The 3.4 million dollars of stimulus money will be used to help 10 criminal investigators, two criminal analysts and a part-time administrator setup shop to assist local law enforcers that work with the patrol to combat crime in rural areas dealing with crimes like farm equipment and livestock theft.

The grant money will also help fund equipment, supply purchases and overtime for investigators. It must be used over a two year period that ends on July 31, 2011.

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