09.27.13

Leahy: Six Vermont Jurisdictions Net Over $700,000 For New Police Hires

WASHINGTON (Friday, Sept. 27, 2013) – Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Friday announced that Vermont will receive $744,558 in grants for the hiring and rehiring of law enforcement officers.  The grants to six law enforcement agencies across Vermont are administered by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) through the federal agency’s COPS Hiring Program.

Leahy, a former prosecutor, said, “COPS hiring grants remain a crucial source of support for our state and local law enforcement agencies, so they can continue their important and lifesaving work.  These funds will help Vermont police officers to quickly fill vacancies and hire new officers.  Every Vermont law enforcement entity that applied for a COPS hiring grant was successful, which is a testament to the quality and dedication of Vermont's cops on the beat.”
 
Leahy has long been a champion of the COPS program.  To date, more than 71 state and local law enforcement agencies in Vermont have received $48 million in COPS grants.
 
The grants provide 75 percent of the approved salary and benefits for newly hired entry level officer positions over a three year period.  Leahy said the funding comes amid extreme budget pressures as communities cope with the effects of sequestration and falling revenues under the economic downturn and will help Vermont’s law enforcement agencies add and retain the staffing levels needed to fight crime more effectively through community policing.
 
The Department of Justice and its Office of Community Oriented Policing Services fall under the jurisdiction of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which Leahy chairs.  Leahy has previously held hearings dedicated to the importance of the federal partnership with state and local law enforcers, particularly during difficult economic times.  Leahy also is a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, which included $222.5 million for the Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services Program in its fiscal year 2014 spending bill, which is pending in the Senate.
 
A breakdown of COPS Hiring Program grant funding for law enforcement agencies and localities follows:

Grantee

Officers Awarded

Award Amount

City of Barre

1

$125,000

Franklin County Sheriff’s Department

1

$119,614

Grand Isle County Sheriff’s Department

1

$125,000

Milton Police Department

1

$124,944

South Burlington Police Department

1

$125,000

Williston Police Department

1

$125,000

Total Officers Awarded

6

Grand total for Vermont

$744,558

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