Senators John Kerry and Scott Brown announced today that three police departments across Massachusetts will receive $3,375,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice to add new and save current law enforcement jobs.
The funding, awarded through the COPS Hiring Program (CHP), will be used to hire new and/or rehire career law enforcement officers in state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies in an effort to increase their community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts. This year all new officers hired under the grant must be military veterans that have served at least 180 days of active military service, any part of which occurred on or after September 11, 2001.
"This investment means jobs and safe streets, period," said Sen. Kerry. "Our police forces in Boston, Lawrence, and New Bedford have had to do more with less and still they go above and beyond the call of duty to protect us. This is desperately needed funding."
"This much needed funding will shore up strained local budgets so more officers can stay on the job and keep our communities safe," said Sen. Brown. "I'm also proud to support the new goal of the COPS program to hire veterans who have recently served."