The U.S. Justice Department has issued $124 million in community policing hiring grants that will fund nearly 950 officers at 215 law enforcement agencies across the nation. “These targeted investments will help to address acute needs – such as high rates of violent crime – funding 75 percent of the salary and benefits of every newly-hired or re-hired officer for three full years,” said Attorney General Eric Holder.
Ronald Davis, head of the DOJ COPS Office, joined in the announcement as the federal fiscal year ended today. The program provides up to 75 percent of the approved entry-level salaries and fringe benefits of full-time officers for 36 months, with a minimum 25 percent local cash match requirement and a maximum federal share of $125,000 per officer position. The COPS Office says it has funded more than 125,000 officers serving over 13,000 state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies, since it began 20 years ago under the 1994 federal crime law. More than 700,000 people have received training under the program and COPS has spent $14 billion on hiring, technology, training, and technical assistance.