Police seek record federal aid to avoid layoffs

Thursday, July 2, 2009 | 5:01 p.m. CDT; updated 10:58 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 2, 2009

WASHINGTON — The nation's police departments are clamoring for an unprecedented amount of federal aid to forestall big local tax hikes or the possible layoff of nearly 40,000 police officers — enough to staff the entire New York City Police Department.