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Department of Justice announces $139 Million for Law Enforcement Hiring to Advance Community Policing

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Iowa

$375,000 Awarded to Norwalk Police Department

WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice announced more than $139 million in grant funding through the Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) COPS Hiring Program (CHP). The awards provide direct funding to 183 law enforcement agencies across the nation, allowing those agencies to hire 1,066 additional full-time law enforcement professionals. In the Southern District of Iowa, the City of Norwalk was awarded funding totaling $375,000.

“We are committed to providing police departments with the resources needed to help ensure community safety and build community trust,” said Attorney General Merrick B. Garland. “The grants we are announcing today will enable law enforcement agencies across the country to hire more than 1,000 additional officers to support vitally important community oriented policing programs.”

United States Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa Richard D. Westphal stated, “Our highest priority is keeping the people of the Southern District of Iowa safe, and our local and state law enforcement partners are on the front line of community safety. Attorney General Garland’s announcement of this grant to the City of Norwalk supports that mission. Additional law enforcement officers will allow for increased engagement with the community and much needed resources to effectively target law enforcement priorities.”

“We are excited and thankful to the Department of Justice for considering our application and awarding our police department,” stated Norwalk Police Chief Greg Staples. “This grant will fund the hiring of additional officers in Norwalk, allowing our department to grow, along with the growth in population and diversity in Norwalk. Our department is deeply committed to engaging our citizens in community policing activities and this grant will allow us to further that commitment to the people of Norwalk.”

The COPS Hiring Program is a competitive award program intended to reduce crime and advance public safety through community policing. CHP provides funds directly to law enforcement agencies to hire new or rehire additional career law enforcement officers, thereby increasing their community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts. Of the 183 agencies awarded grants today, approximately half will use the funding to focus on building legitimacy and trust between law enforcement and communities; 41 agencies will seek to address high rates of gun violence; 21 will focus on other areas of violence; and 19 will focus CHP resources on combating hate and domestic extremism or police-based response to persons in crisis.

Since its creation in 1994, COPS has invested more than $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 more than 135,000 officers. CHP, COPS’ flagship program, continues to be in demand today: In FY21, COPS received 590 applications requesting nearly 3,000 law enforcement positions. For FY22, President Biden has requested $537.0 million for CHP, an increase of $300 million.

To learn more about CHP, please visit For additional information about the COPS Office, please visit

The COPS Office is the federal component of the Department of Justice responsible for advancing community policing nationwide. The only Department of Justice agency with policing in its name, the COPS Office was established in 1994 and has been the cornerstone of the nation’s crime fighting strategy with grants, a variety of knowledge resource products, and training and technical assistance. Through the years, the COPS Office has become the go-to organization for law enforcement agencies across the country and continues to listen to the field and provide the resources that are needed to reduce crime and build trust between law enforcement and the communities served.


Rachel J. Scherle

Updated November 22, 2021

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