$300K Pulse shooting overtime grant approved

FDLE gives city $316K for first responders

ORLANDO, Fla. – The city of Orlando approved a grant for $316,708 from the Department of Justice to help cover thousands of hours in overtime accrued while officials responded to the Pulse nightclub shooting and its aftermath. 

The bulk of that money, $225,462 of it, will be used for 5,939 overtime hours and benefits for the more than 300 law enforcement officers who assisted during the mass shooting on June 12 and the days that followed.

The remainder of the grant money will be used for victimization aftermath costs, forensic examiner costs, law enforcement details and dignitary protection, according to the application for funding assistance.

The city anticipates that additional funds will be needed to cover ongoing security at Pulse nightclub since the scene serves as a temporary memorial where media and onlookers often gather. 

Approval of the grant came Monday afternoon at the Orlando City Council meeting along with approval of an Amendment to the 2007 Interlocal Agreement for the Community Venues, which will provide additional Tourist Tax Development funding to complete the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center. 

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