Today, Congressman Mike Michaud announced that the Department of Justice has awarded the Madison Police Department a $125,000 Community Oriented Policing Service (COPS) Hiring Program (CHP) grant.
CHP grants provide funding to help law enforcement hire or rehire career law enforcement officers to increase community crime prevention efforts. A provision requires that newly hired officers must be military veterans with at least six months of active military service which occurred on or after September 11, 2001.
"This important grant will allow the Madison Police Department to hire a recently returned veteran who will help to keep our communities safe," said Michaud. "I am pleased that the COPS Hiring Program is, for the first time, working directly to help combat the high rate of joblessness among veterans."
2012 CHP grants will provide new or rehired officers 75 percent of funding for entry-level salaries and benefits for three years. Rehired officers can include officers previously or scheduled to be laid off due to local budget cuts.