Jun 25 2012

Feinstein: COPS Grants Boost Community Policing Statewide

$23 million in grants to hire or retain 117 police officers in California

Washington—The U.S. Department of Justice today announced that California has been awarded more than $23 million to hire or retain 117 police officers statewide.

Awards to 34 California cities and counties represent more than 20 percent of the $111 million awarded today through the Justice Department’s COPS Hiring Program. These grants go directly to law enforcement agencies to hire or retain law enforcement officers to support crime prevention and community policing efforts.

“I am pleased that more than 30 California law enforcement agencies have received grants to create or preserve much-needed policing jobs,” said Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). “At a time when cities and counties across the country are laying off first responders, the federal government must help where we can. These vital funds will increase community policing capacity and improve crime prevention across the state by helping struggling departments maintain adequate staffing levels in the face of budget cuts.”

Unlike previous grants, the 2012 COPS Hiring Program requires all new officers must be military veterans who served at least six months of active military service, at least part of which occurred after September 11, 2001.

Grants awarded to California cities and counties follow:

Agency Name

Officers

Award Amount

 

 

Alameda County 

15

$1,875,000

Antioch

5

$1,502,680

Apple Valley

1

$125,000

Bakersfield

11

$1,375,000

Ceres

1

$289,254

Chowchilla

1

$125,000

Chula Vista

6

$750,000

Cloverdale

1

$216,369

Colusa

1

$125,000

Del Norte County

1

$125,000

Delano

2

$475,928

Farmersville

1

$193,822

Fontana

5

$625,000

Hayward

9

$3,602,644

Hemet

3

$629,580

Kerman

1

$125,000

Los Angeles

25

$6,428,350

Mammoth Lakes

1

$125,000

McFarland

1

$249,068

Mendota

1

$125,000

Merced

4

$1,100,396

Montebello

1

$125,000

Oroville

1

$125,000

Placerville

1

$280,555

Rancho Cucamonga

1

$125,000

Rialto

5

$625,000

Ridgecrest

2

$250,000

Santa Cruz

3

$375,000

Sonora

1

$268,575

South El Monte

1

$125,000

Tulare County

2

$250,000

Willits

1

$125,000

Willows

1

$195,450

Yucca Valley

1

$125,000

Total

117

$23,182,671

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