U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., today announced more than $1.5 million in federal funding for Louisiana from the Department of Justice's Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program. The funding will go directly to law enforcement agencies to create and preserve jobs in an effort to increase community safety and crime prevention efforts. All new officers hired with this grant money must be military veterans who served at least 180 days of active duty since September 11, 2001. The program provides the salary and benefits for officers and deputies for three years.
"We are fortunate to have courageous men and women who have bravely served our country in the armed forces and are now willing to put their lives on the line every day to protect our communities throughout Louisiana and America," Sen. Landrieu said. "These grants will help put our veterans to work keeping our citizens safe and protected at home and throughout our communities."
"The COPS program has been the backbone of this Police Department. This funding will help to address local hot spots within the community and we're looking forward to utilizing it," St. Helena Parish Sheriff Chief Deputy Chester Pritchett said.