COPS Awards $125 Million in Grants, Many for School Officers


The Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) has announced funding awards to 263 cities and counties, aimed at creating 937 law enforcement positions. More than $125 million will be awarded nationally, including nearly $45 million to fund 356 new school resource officer positions.

The grantees includes Oakland, Sacramento, and Alameda County, Calif.; Houston; Hartford, Conn.; Des Moines, Iowa; Milwaukee; Richland County and Charleston, S.C.; Louisville, Ky.; Akron, Ohio; Seattle, and more. The COPS Hiring Program offers grants to law enforcement agencies for community policing officers. There was a focus this year on agencies requesting assistance to hire school resource officer. (The link gives a full list of grant winners.)

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