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Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Representing the 43rd District of California

Congresswoman Waters Congratulates the City of Gardena on $375,000 COPS Hiring Program Award

October 8, 2014
Press Release

Congresswoman Waters Congratulates the City of Gardena on $375,000 COPS Hiring Program Award

 

October 8, 2014

 

Washington, DC- Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) congratulated the Gardena Police Department on receiving a $375,000 grant from the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program (CHP). In a letter to Police Chief Edward Medrano, Congresswoman Waters praised the City of Gardena for its focus on recruiting school resource officers (SROs) and bringing military veterans into the force.

 

"I am proud to represent the City of Gardena in the U.S. Congress, particularly when its public servants receive much-deserved national recognition," said Congresswoman Waters. "I am pleased that this hard-working police force received this award and that it will have the resources it needs to protect the schoolchildren, families, and neighbors of Gardena. Law enforcement agencies around the country should emulate Gardena's focus on recruiting school resource officers and veterans while improving police relations with the community."


The Department of Justice's CHP grants cover most of the costs associated with recruiting full-time sworn officers into law enforcement agencies throughout the country. They also allow these agencies to rehire officers who have been laid off due to budget restraints. This year, the Justice Department awarded a total $121.4 million to 212 different law enforcement agencies.

 

CHP Awards are granted to state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies nationwide, for the creation and preservation of law enforcement jobs. The program gives priority consideration to law enforcement agencies that requested funds for the hiring of school resource officers or military veterans. Agencies looking to build trust between police and the community or focus on gun violence are also a priority of the program.

 

For any questions about this program and other COPS grants, please contact the COPS Office External Affairs Division at 202-514-9079.

 

Full text of the letter is below. 

 

I commend you and the Gardena Police Department on your recent award of $375,000 from the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program (CHP). This grant is proof that the Gardena Police Department is a model for law enforcement nationwide. The significant award will allow Gardena to address its fiscal needs while recruiting more school resource officers (SROs) and bringing military veterans into the force.

 

I am proud to represent the City of Gardena in the U.S. Congress, particularly when its public servants receive much-deserved national recognition. The CHP grants are awarded to law enforcement agencies based on their budgetary needs, local crime statistics, and hiring plans. The CHP program received applications from all over the country, but gave special consideration to applicants that placed a significant emphasis on community relations.

 

I am pleased that this hard-working police force received this award and that it will have the resources it needs to protect the schoolchildren, families, and neighbors of Gardena. Law enforcement agencies around the country should emulate Gardena's focus on recruiting school resource officers and veterans while improving police relations with the community. Should your Department have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me or Eduardo Soto of my staff at (202) 225-2201.

 

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