Congressman Mike Thompson (CA-1) today announced a $216,000 federal Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant for the Cloverdale Police Department. The grant was made through the COPS Hiring Program (CHP). The purpose of these grants is to create and/or preserve law enforcement jobs. The Cloverdale Police Department will use the grant to continue funding an officer position.
"These grants are good for our public safety and our economy," said Thompson. "I am proud to support this funding and thank all our public safety officers for their service."
"The City of Cloverdale is very thankful to the U.S. Department of Justice for awarding us this COPS Hiring Program (CHP) grant. It will allow us to retain one of our officers for the next three years. Over the past three years, our workforce has been reduced by 25%, and we can ill afford to lose any more -- especially in the critical area of public safety," said Mayor Bob Cox.
CHP provides funding to address the full-time sworn officer needs of state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies. The grants go directly to law enforcement agencies to hire new and/or 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 three years of benefits for newly-hired, full-time sworn officer position. The grants also provided 75 percent funding for approved entry-level salaries and three years of benefits 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.