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Justice Department Awards More Than $9 Million To Hire Community Policing Officers In The Middle District Of Florida

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida

Tampa, FL – Acting U.S. Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow today announced $9,515,210 in grant funding through the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) COPS Hiring Program (CHP). These funds have been awarded to 10 law enforcement agencies throughout the Middle District of Florida and will allow for the hiring of 75 additional full-time law enforcement officers. CHP provides grant funding directly to state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to support the hiring of additional law enforcement officers, for three years, to address specific crime problems utilizing community policing strategies.


“Community policing is an effective tool in reducing violent crime in our neighborhoods,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Stephen Muldrow. “We are very glad that our partner agencies will be able to hire and train additional officers to engage citizens in this collective problem solving strategy to improve public safety.”


Earlier today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that 179 law enforcement agencies across the nation were awarded $98,495,397 through the COPS Office’s CHP funding program. These awards will allow for the hiring of 802 additional full-time law enforcement officers.


The complete list of award recipients can be found here.


The COPS Office awards grants to hire community policing officers, develop and test innovative policing strategies, and provide training and technical assistance to community members, local government leaders, and all levels of law enforcement. Since 1994, the COPS Office has invested more than $14 billion to help advance community policing.




Middle District of Florida 2017 COPS Hiring Program Awards



Number of Officers Awarded

Award Amount

City of Casselberry




City of Fort Myers




Hendry County Sheriff’s Office




Leesburg Police Department




Nassau County Board of County Commissioners




Ocoee Police Department




Orange County Sheriff’s Office




City of Orlando




Sanford Police Department




City of Starke













Updated November 20, 2017