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Maryland receives DOJ grant for community policing officers

Posted at 6:26 PM, Nov 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-20 18:26:05-05

Three Maryland police departments will receive federal funds to hire five new community policing officers.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Monday that $98,495,397 in grant funding, through the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) COPS Hiring Program (CHP), will be awarded to 179 law enforcement agencies across the country to hire 802 new full-time officers.

The Baltimore Police Department and the Seat Pleasant Police Department were each awarded funding for one officer. The Cumberland Police Department will get funds to hire three community policing officers.

The CHP selection process for the grants was based on factors like violent crime, financial need and community policing efforts.

For a complete list of award recipients, click here.

The COPS Office said it has invested more than $14 billion to help advance community policing since 1994.