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Funding approved to help with Orlando overtime costs

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida Governor Rick Scott announced Friday that the Department of Justice approved $500,000 to help with overtime pay for law enforcement in the wake of the terror attack at Pulse Orlando nightclub.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement put in a request for $2 million.

FDLE is working with DOJ to secure the remaining $1.5 million requested.

“We are incredibly proud of the hard work and ongoing dedication displayed by our courageous law enforcement officers and first responders this week, and we are doing all we can to support their efforts," said Governor Scott. "I look forward to DOJ quickly providing the remaining $1.5 million so we can ensure the City of Orlando and Orange County have every resource they need to assist their community.”

FDLE has already set aside more than $520,000 in additional residual Justice Assistance Grant funds to help with similar costs.

“I appreciate the fast work by FDLE’s Office of Business Support coordinating with DOJ to secure these funds. This money will go a long way toward helping OPD and OCSO pay for costs associated with this investigation,” FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen said.