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Press Release: $5 Million to Hire Police Officers

THE WHITE HOUSE
OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, JULY 28, 2009


VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN, ATTORNEY GENERAL HOLDER ANNOUNCE RECOVERY ACT FUNDING FOR COLORADO TO SUPPORT LAW ENFORCEMENT

Recovery Act Funds to Add Police Officers in Colorado; Build Safer Communities


Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder today announced $1 billion in grants to fund the hiring and rehiring of law enforcement officers all across the country under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The grants will be awarded to 1,046 law enforcement agencies from all 50 states, including more than $5 million in grants to fund the hiring and rehiring of 23 law enforcement officers in Colorado. These funds will provide 100 percent of the approved salary and benefits for these officers for three years. All police departments receiving the grants will then be required to retain the grant-funded positions for a fourth year.


"A big part of the Recovery Act is about building communities -- making them as strong as they can be, allowing every American family to live a better life than the one they are leading now," said Vice President Joe Biden. "And we can't achieve the goal of stronger communities without supporting those who keep our streets safe."


The Recovery Act grants, which 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, provide much needed financial support to state, local and tribal governments, and will help the nation's law enforcement agencies add and retain the manpower needed to fight crime more effectively through community policing. The Department of Justice received over 7,200 applications for more than 39,000 officer positions, representing a total of $8.3 billion in requested funding.


"These Recovery Act funds will pump much needed resources into communities through a program with a proven track record," said Attorney General Holder. "The tremendous demand for these grants is indicative of both the tough times our states, cities and tribes are facing, and the unyielding commitment by law enforcement to making our communities safer."


The COPS Hiring Recovery Program funds were awarded to the following applicants in Colorado:

 

 Agency Name  Officers Awarded  Award Amount
 Englewood Police Department  3  $697,146
 Grand Junction Police Department  5  $1,319,660
 Town of Ault  1  $152,957
 Florence Police Department  1  $133,881
 Commerce City  4  $872,612
 Telluride Marshal's Department  1  $191,113
 Colorado Springs Police Department  2  $418,560
 Steamboat Springs Dept. of Public Safety  1  $204,695
 Alamosa Police Department  1  $163,124
 Town of Ignacio  1  $182,183
 Idaho Springs Police Department  1  $162,716
 Town of Vail  1  $258,970
 Black Hawk Police Department  1  $262,308

 

The Recovery Act includes $4 billion in Department of Justice grant funding to enhance state, local, and tribal law enforcement efforts, including the hiring of new police officers, to combat violence against women, and to fight internet crimes against children. In addition to today's COPS awards, to date the Department of Justice has awarded $1.7 billion through formula state and local Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants, $95 million through the Victims of Crime Act Formula Grant Program, $41.5 million for Internet Crimes Against Children initiatives, $127 million in Office on Violence Against Women Recovery Act funds and $8.6 million for assistance for law enforcement along the Southern Border and in high intensity drug trafficking areas.


For more information about the COPS grants, or to learn which law enforcement agencies received funding, please visit www.cops.usdoj.gov.