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.)