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DOJ announces $139 million for community policing hiring

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Ohio
$7 million awarded to agencies in Southern District of Ohio

CINCINNATI – The Department of Justice announced the Cincinnati Police Department will receive more than $6 million in grant funding for law enforcement hiring to advance community policing. Cincinnati is one of two agencies in the Southern District of Ohio to receive the grant funding.


More than $139 million was awarded 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.


Cincinnati Police Department was awarded $6.25 million to hire an additional 50 officers and the Whitehall Police Department is receiving $750,000 to hire six more officers.


The COPS Hiring Program is a competitive award program intended to reduce crime and advance public safety through community policing. Funding for the 183 agencies awarded grants this week will be used to focus on building legitimacy and trust between law enforcement and communities; seek to address high rates of gun violence and other areas of violence; and combat hate and domestic terrorism.


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


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Updated November 19, 2021