City receives grant to hire new officers

City receives grant to hire new officers

PROVIDENCE – The Department of Justice announced nearly $400 million in grant funding through the Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Hiring Program. The Attorney General announced funding awards to 596 law enforcement agencies across the nation, which allows those agencies to hire 2,732 additional full-time law enforcement professionals. The awards announced today are inclusive of the $51 million announced in May as part of Operation Relentless Pursuit.

The Providence Police Department has been awarded $1,250,000 to hire 10 officers. The Pawtucket Police Department has been award COPS grant funding totaling $750,000 to hire six additional officers.

The COPS Hiring Program is a competitive award program intended to reduce crime and advance public safety through community policing by providing direct funding for the hiring of career law enforcement officers. In addition to providing financial support for hiring, CHP provides funding to state, local, and tribal law enforcement to enhance local community policing strategies and tactics. In a changing economic climate, CHP funding helps law enforcement agencies maintain sufficient sworn personnel levels to promote safe communities. Funding through this program had been on hold since the spring of 2018 due to a nationwide injunction that was lifted earlier this year.

To learn more about CHP, visit https://cops.usdoj.gov/chp . For additional information about the COPS Office, visit www.cops.usdoj.gov .