Montgomery receives $1.8 million from Department of Justice to hire police

(File: CBS)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The U.S. Department of Justice announces the City of Montgomery will receive more than $1.8 million in order to hire more police officers.

Alabama Middle District U.S. Attorney George L. Beck, Jr. says the grant will be used over a three year period to hire about 15 more officers.

“The Department of Justice is proud to support the brave men and women of law enforcement that serve and protect our communities every day,” says Beck.  “The U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to reducing crime and increasing public safety.  This funding will provide additional resources for law enforcement to develop and implement strategies to reduce violent crime, fight terrorism, and save lives.”

Beck says the money is funded through the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) COPS Hiring Program (CHP).

CHP provides funding to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies for the hiring of entry-level career law enforcement officers in an effort to create and preserve jobs and increase community policing and crime prevention efforts, according to the DOJ release.

“We are tremendously thankful to the Department of Justice for this grant award, which recognizes and helps build upon MPD’s meaningful work in community policing, enforcement and crime prevention,” says Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange.

“The officers that will be provided for by this grant will strengthen community engagement and the public’s safety throughout our city.”

For the entire list of grantees and additional information about the 2016 COPS Hiring Program, visit the COPS website.

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