March 18, 2009

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Nearly $1 billion in new hiring grants going to local law enforcement agencies

WASHINGTON – Close to $1 billion in new federal grants to prevent police layoffs and put new officers on the streets are now available to eligible police departments across the Hudson Valley. The initiative, known as the COPS Hiring Recovery Program, was part of the federal stimulus package passed last month by Congress and signed into law.

“In this economic environment, communities across our state and our country are increasingly forced to do more with less," said Congressman John Hall. "One trade-off that should never have to be made is for public safety, and the COPS Hiring Recovery Program will ensure that local law enforcement does not end up on the chopping block."

Administered by the Department of Justice, the COPS Hiring Recovery Program is designed to enable local law enforcement agencies from across the country to create and preserve jobs while increasing community policing capacity and crime-prevention efforts.  Up to $1 billion in grant funding will be available for the hiring and rehiring of additional career law enforcement officers, providing 100 percent funding for newly-hired, full-time sworn officer positions with no requirement for local matching funds.

Eligible police departments must apply to DOJ for this funding with the open period for grant applications running from March 16th, 2009 to April 14th, 2009.

"Keeping police officers employed, hiring new recruits and protecting our families doesn’t just make economic sense - its common sense," Hall said.


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