Department Of Justice Awards Hiring Grants To Reduce Violence, Protect Schools In Kansas
KANSAS CITY, KAN. Today the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) announced funding awards to six law enforcement agencies in Kansas aimed at creating, and in some cases protecting, law enforcement positions. Nearly $124 million will be awarded nationally, including $704,755 in Kansas.
The list of this year’s grantees includes:
Bel Aire Police Dept., $114,971
Cherryvale Police Dept., $95,645
Derby Police Dept., $125,000
City of Iola, $119,139
Kansas State University, $125,000
Osawatomie Dept. of Public Safety, $125,000.
“Our goal is to improve public safety and help strengthen relationships between the officers and the communities they serve,” said U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom.
The COPS Hiring Program offers grants to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies to hire or rehire community policing officers. The program provides salaries and benefits for officer and deputy hires for three years.
“The COPS Office is pleased to assist local law enforcement agencies throughout the country in addressing their most critical public safety issues,” said Ronald L. Davis, Director of the COPS Office. “Funding from this year’s program will allow many cities and counties to apply new sworn personnel to issues related to violent crime, property crime and school safety.”
Grantees for the 2014 hiring program were selected based on their fiscal needs, local crime rates and community policing plans.
The COPS Office is a federal agency responsible for advancing community policing nationwide. Since 1995, COPS has awarded over $14 billion to advance community policing, including grants awarded to more than 13,000 state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to fund the hiring and redeployment of approximately 125,000 officers and provide a variety of knowledge resource products including publications, training, and technical assistance.
For the entire list of grantees and additional information about the 2014 COPS Hiring Program, visit the COPS website at www.cops.usdoj.gov.