Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-Westchester/Rockland) today announced that Yonkers will receive a $2.5 million Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program grant, for 15 police officers.
"Police officers serve their communities by responding to emergencies and helping those in need of assistance," said Lowey. "This funding will help preserve the vital programs in Yonkers, which contribute greatly to the quality of life in our community. Yonkers plays a key role in keeping the entire region safe, and I am pleased that the COPS Office is addressing the department's needs."
Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano said, "We are pleased to have been awarded the COPS grant by the Department of Justice. We look forward to reviewing the applicable conditions associated with the grant acceptance. We want to thank our federal delegation for securing the funding which will assist our efforts in keeping Yonkers streets safe."
Keith Olson, president of the Yonkers PBA, said, "On behalf of the men and women of the Yonkers PBA and as a lifelong resident of Yonkers, I thank all of our elected officials whose hard work and dedication helped Yonkers obtain the much needed COPS grant. At a time where it appears that violent crime is on the rise and the YPD's staffing levels are at an all time low, the timing of this grant could not have been better."
The Department of Justice COPS Hiring Program (CHP) grants are awarded to local law enforcement agencies across the country to create and/or preserve law enforcement jobs. This year, CHP awarded $111 million nationwide and, in an effort to put veterans back to work, required that all new hires be military veterans who have served at least 180 days of active military service.
Congresswoman Lowey wrote a letter in support of the COPS Grant for Yonkers and recently voted to increase funding for the COPS program in the Fiscal Year 2013 Departments of Commerce and Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill.