The Oakland police officers' union agreed to accept an $8.5 million cut in compensation, as the city received $19.7 million over the next three years from the federal government for policing the most of any city in the nation. According to the Chron, the Oakland City Council also voted last night to slash an additional $8 million from the city's budget. At this point, it looks as if the cuts, combined with the federal grant, will allow the city to avoid laying off police officers.Mayor Ron Dellums deserves credit for obtaining the federal grant. Although the $19.7 million was significantly less than the $67 million the city originally requested, Dellums was able to use his connections in Washington DC to obtain the maximum allowed under the federal grant program. The $19.7 million will fund the salaries of 41 police officers over the next three years.