U.S. Congressman Robert J. Dold (IL-10) announced that the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) has awarded the Waukegan Police Department $875,000. This funding will help the Police Department to retain or create an additional 7 officer positions for 36 months.
"I am pleased by today's news that COPS will be awarding the Waukegan Police Department with critical funding," said Dold. "As a strong supporter of the COPS program, I believe that this funding is vital to keeping our communities safe and ensure that local police departments have the resources they need to protect our neighborhoods."
The COPS Hiring Program provides funding to address the full-time sworn officer needs of state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies nationwide. These grants go directly to law enforcement agencies to hire new law enforcement officers and to rehire career law enforcement officers, in an effort to increase their community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts.
This year's CHP grants provide 75 percent funding for approved entry-level salaries and benefits for three years (36 months) for newly-hired, full-time sworn officer positions (including filling existing unfunded vacancies) or for rehired officers who have been laid off, or are scheduled to be laid off on a future date, as a result of local budget cuts. Any additional costs above the approved entry-level salaries and fringe benefits, up to $125,000, are the responsibility of the grantee agency.