The U.S. Justice Department announced funding for 220 cities and counties to pay for about 600 new law enforcement positions and save an additional 200 positions recently lost or in jeopardy of being cut under local budget cuts. All new law enforcement positions funded in the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) 2012 Hiring Program must be filled by recent military veterans who have served at least 180 days since Sept. 11, 2001.
More than $111 million is being awarded to local public safety agencies. The grantees include Philadelphia and Pittsburgh; Chicago; Boston; Atlanta; Trenton, N.J.; Alameda County, Ca and Los Angeles; Akron, Oh; and Tacoma, Wa. The COPS Office will work with transition centers across the U.S. to connect veterans with the new grant-funded law enforcement opportunities. For the entire list of grantees and additional information about the 2012 COPS Hiring Program, visit the COPS website at www.cops.usdoj.gov .