Independence police officers will receive retention bonuses, along with additional safety equipment, after the City Council approved the funding mechanism. The council voted 4-2 to approve an amended spending plan for the city's allocation of American Rescue Plan Act funds, which is more than $10.7 million for the first of two years. Included in that plan is $1.47 million for $8,000 payments to active police officers, master officers and sergeants. It's a retention effort as the city struggles to fill police vacancies. About 180 officers will receive a bonus, City Manager Zach Walker said.