SAN FRANCISCO – The Department of Justice awarded grants totaling over $9 million to cities and counties in the Northern District of California, aimed at creating 30 new law enforcement positions, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag.
The list of this year’s grantees within the Northern District of California includes Oakland, Alameda County, Hayward, East Palo Alto, Clearlake, Greenfield, Kings City, Marina, and Watsonville.
"The federal law enforcement agencies and U.S. Attorney's Office embrace the opportunity to work with local law enforcement to ensure the safety and security of the residents of the Northern District of California," said U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag. "The additional officers who will be hired as a result of these grants will bring much needed reinforcements to those cities and counties who can use them most. In particular, the City of Oakland and Alameda County will benefit from 18 new officers placed on the streets. The grants announced today are further building blocks that strengthen the partnerships among the federal, state, and local law enforcement organizations."
The Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services Service (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. Grantees for the 2013 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.
Additional information about the 2013 COPS Hiring Program can be found on the COPS website at www.cops.usdoj.gov.