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Star For Immediate Release
September 17, 2013

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Department of Justice Awards Hiring Grants to Support California Law Enforcement

Grants awarded to hire critical law enforcement positions

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), today announced funding awards totaling nearly $20 million to 39 cities and counties throughout the state of California, aimed at creating 105 law enforcement positions. Awards to grantees in other parts of the country will be announced in the coming weeks.

The list of this yearís grantees within the state of California includes Oakland, Sacramento, Alameda County, Hayward, Brawley, East Palo Alto, Gustine, Modesto, Kings County, Inglewood, Vallejo, and others.

“The grants we announce today are part of the Justice Departmentís ongoing commitment to help dedicated local law enforcement professionals build safer, stronger communities,” said Tony West, Associate Attorney General of the United States. “These awards will help our partners in jurisdictions across the state of California hire more officers and better work with the communities they serve to address public safety issues.”

The COPS Hiring Program offers grants to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies to hire or rehire community policing officers. The program provides salaries and benefits for officer and deputy hires for three years. Grantees for the 2013 hiring program were selected based on their fiscal needs, local crime rates, and community policing plans.

“The COPS Office is pleased to assist local law enforcement agencies throughout the country in addressing their most critical needs,” said Joshua Ederheimer, Acting Director of the COPS Office. “We have a successful history of partnering with law enforcement across California, and look forward to collaborating on progressive public safety strategies that could assist the entire field of policing.”

The COPS Office is a federal agency responsible for advancing community policing nationwide. Since 1995, COPS has awarded over $14 billion to advance community policing, including grants awarded to more than 13,000 state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to fund the hiring and redeployment of approximately 125,000 officers and provide a variety of knowledge resource products including publications, training, and technical assistance.

Additional information about the 2013 COPS Hiring Program can be found on the COPS website at