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New Hampshire Awarded $2 Million for Law Enforcement Hiring to Advance Community Policing

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Hampshire

            CONCORD – United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today that the Department of Justice has awarded $2 million in grant funding to New Hampshire communities through the Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) COPS Hiring Program (CHP). 

            The New Hampshire grants were part of nearly $400 million funding awards to 596 law enforcement agencies across the nation that were announced by U.S. Attorney General William Barr.  These grants will allow those agencies to hire 2,732 additional full-time law enforcement professionals.  The awards announced today are inclusive of the $51 million announced in May as part of Operation Relentless Pursuit.  

            “These troubled times demand that our cities and towns have well-trained professional police officers who can assist with community policing,” said U.S. Attorney Murray.”  This grant funding will allow cities and towns in New Hampshire to put more professional law enforcement officers on the street to help keep our citizens safe. I look forward to working with these law enforcement professionals and partnering with them as they protect and serve the citizens of the Granite State.”

            The following communities in New Hampshire will receive funding:

Community Officers Funding
City of Claremont 1 $125,000
Hollis Police Department 1 $125,000
Laconia Police Department 2 $250,000
Manchester Police Department 10 $1,250,000
Somersworth Police Department 1 $125,000
Town of Thornton 1 $125,000

            The COPS Hiring Program is a competitive award program intended to reduce crime and advance public safety through community policing by providing direct funding for the hiring of career law enforcement officers.  In addition to providing financial support for hiring, CHP provides funding to state, local, and tribal law enforcement to enhance local community policing strategies and tactics.  In a changing economic climate, CHP funding helps law enforcement agencies maintain sufficient sworn personnel levels to promote safe communities.  Funding through this program had been on hold since the spring of 2018 due to a nationwide injunction that was lifted earlier this year.

            CHP applicants were required to identify a specific crime and disorder problem focus area and explain how the funding will be used to implement community policing approaches to that problem focus area.  43 percent of the awards announced today will focus on violent crime, while the remainder of the awards will focus on a variety of issues including school-based policing to fund school resource officer positions, building trust and respect, and opioid education, prevention, and intervention.  The COPS Office received nearly 1,100 applications requesting more than 4,000 law enforcement positions. 

            The complete list of awards can be found here.  To learn more about CHP, please visit  For additional information about the COPS Office, please visit

            The year 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the Department of Justice.  Learn more about the history of our agency at


Updated June 3, 2020

Press Release Number: 20-073