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Associated Press, Published June 06 2012

Dickinson, Stark County seek grants for police housing to attract new officers

DICKINSON, N.D. — Dickinson and Stark County are cooperating in an attempt to get a slice of $3 million in grants to build housing for law enforcement officers.

Dickinson city administrator Shawn Kessel says the city and Stark County could qualify for financing up to eight housing units. Both apartments and homes could be eligible.

Stark County Commissioner Jay Elkin says it's difficult to recruit police officers and sheriff's deputies to southwestern North Dakota because of a housing shortage caused by the region's oil development.

Stark County Sheriff Clarence Tuhy says the joint grant application could help the community of Belfield, west of Dickinson.

Tuhy tells The Dickinson Press that Belfield can't hire its own law officer because there's no place for the person to live.