DOJ awards Georgiana with COPS funding

Published 3:04 pm Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Department of Justice has awarded a grant allocation of $135,314 to Georgiana for the hiring of law enforcement officers. This grant is part of a federal program that will fund the hiring and rehiring of 4,699 law enforcement officers across the country. The grants will be administered by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) through the federal agency’s COPS Hiring Recovery Program.

“When I was Mayor of Montgomery, the COPS program helped put more police on the streets and ultimately made our community safer,” Bright said. “I am extremely pleased that the administration is releasing additional COPS grants across the country and especially in Alabama. This grant will help Georgiana retain their law enforcement fleet and ensure the best safety for our children. In addition, we can fight crime more effectively and help put more Americans back to work through this program.”

The grants will provide comprehensive salary and benefits for entry level officer positions over the period of three years. Previously, Congressman Bright has supported the COPS Improvements Act, which will put 50,000 additional police on the streets.

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