CHRP Grantees Get to Work
The COPS Office has played a major role in helping the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act address the primary goal of saving and creating jobs. From the moment the Act was signed, COPS worked to deliver a revamped hiring program that fairly and efficiently delivered $1 billion to more than 1,000 local law enforcement agencies to address their hiring needs. And now those selected agencies are working just as quickly to put new officers on the street and keep existing officers on patrol. From across the country, here are examples of the COPS Hiring Recovery Program (CHRP) in action:
Elizabeth, New Jersey: In January, the mayor and police chief held a swearing-in ceremony for 18 new officers.
Union, New Jersey: The mayor held a swearing-in ceremony for eight new officers. The officers will complete training and start patrol duty in June.
Gresham, Oregon: Gresham is using the $1.5 million CHRP grant to restore half of the 12 positions cut from the city’s budget.
Baltimore, Maryland: The police chief is bringing back foot patrol units. The city is hiring 50 new officers, 25 of whom are already going through the police academy. Upon graduation in a few months, the officers will be placed on foot patrol in areas of the city with the highest crime rates.
Great Falls, Montana: Great Falls swore in two officers, filling its remaining vacant positions.
Indio, California: Two new officers joined the force in January.
Avondale, Arizona: The city has four COPS-funded recruits in its academy who will start patrol in May, freeing up four senior officers to start a community action team.