Rep. Jim Costa announced today that $125,000 has been awarded to the Mendota Police Department from the Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). The funds from the COPS Hiring Program (CHP) will allow the police department to hire 1 additional officer.
"Since the beginning of our economic downturn, many of our communities have seen a rise in violent crime at the same time that the city's budgets are being reduced," said Costa. "COPS grants help our police departments build and maintain their forces so they can help keep our streets safe. This year's grant also utilizes the special skills our veterans learned while on active duty by requiring that new hires must have served in the military."
CHP grants cover 75 percent of the salaries and benefits for hiring new full-time officers or rehiring officers who have been laid off due to local budget cuts over a period of 3 years. This year's grant program specifies that new hires must be military veterans that have served at least 180 days of active duty on or after September 11, 2001.