For Immediate Release
September 19, 2013
CONTACT: Corey Ray
Grants awarded to hire critical law enforcement positions
Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), today announced funding awards totaling nearly $5.3 million to 7 cities throughout the state of Arizona, aimed at creating 43 new law enforcement positions. Awards to law enforcement agencies in other parts of the country will be announced in the coming weeks.
The list of this year’s hiring award grantees within the state of Arizona includes Phoenix, Maricopa, Clarkdale, Glendale, Peoria, Yuma, and the Tohono O’Odham Nation Police Department. In addition to the hiring awards the City of Phoenix will receive a $50,000 grant from the COPS Office’s Community Policing Development Program for the Phoenix Business and Economic Stability Project, aimed at measuring the impact the reselling of stolen goods has on local public safety and legitimate businesses. Tohono O’Odham Nation will also receive a separate grant from the Justice Department’s Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation for more than $570,000 to enhance their community policing strategies.
“The funding we’re delivering today is part of the Justice Department’s continued effort to help local law enforcement professionals shape safer, stronger communities,” said Joshua Ederheimer, Acting Director of the US Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. “These awards assist our partners in hiring more officers and strengthening their work with the communities they serve.”
The 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 pleased to assist local law enforcement agencies throughout the country in addressing their most critical needs,” said Ederheimer. “We have a successful history of partnering with law enforcement across Arizona, and look forward to collaborating on progressive public safety strategies that could assist the entire field of policing.”
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