Congresswoman Waters Announces COPS Grants for Inglewood to Hire More Police Officers
Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), was thrilled to join the U.S. Department of Justice in announcing that the City of Inglewood will receive a $1 million Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program grant, to hire eight new law enforcement officers.
"More police officers patrolling our streets and protecting our communities is good news for the residents of Inglewood," said Congresswoman Waters. "Local law enforcement is our first line of defense, and these funds will give them the help and support they need. This grant will expand the police force and strengthen their ability to fight crime and apprehend criminals who endanger the City of Inglewood."
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 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.