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Justice Dept. Earmarks $119M for Push to Hire Police Officers

Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced Monday $119 million in grant funding to help law enforcement agencies across the nation in hiring new officers.

The funding, provided by the Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and COPS Hiring Program and awarded to 184 law enforcement agencies, are aimed at creating or protecting more than 900 law enforcement positions.

Lynch made the announcement in Dallas, where the city’s police department will receive $3.1 million through the COPS Hiring Program to employ 25 officers.

CHP provides funding directly to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies for the hiring and rehiring of entry-level career law enforcement officers to create and preserve jobs and increase community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts.

 

Since 1995, 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 approximately 129,000 officers.

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