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Carper, Coons, Carney Announce Federal Grants to Hire Post-9/11 Veterans as Local Police Officers

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Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons, and Representative John Carney today announced the Dagsboro, Milford and Wyoming police departments will receive individual grants totaling more than $355,000 to hire new police officers through the Department of Justice COPS Hiring Program (CHP). Each department will hire one post 9/11 military veteran who has been honorably discharged.

"Every day, the men and women of our local police departments work hard as the eyes and ears of the neighborhood to protect our communities," said Sen. Carper. "This funding will not only provide extra officers to watch over our towns, but will employ post-9/11 veterans in those positions, giving back to our veterans and to our communities."

"The COPS Hiring Program is an innovative way to increase community safety while opening up job opportunities to veterans," said Senator Coons. "The men and women who fight for our freedom are trained and ready to protect, so they're a natural fit when it comes to policing our communities. This funding is truly a win-win by making these towns safer while employing honorably discharged veterans."

"There is nothing more important than maintaining safe neighborhoods for Delaware's businesses and residents," said Congressman Carney. "The COPS Hiring Program allows the towns of Dagsboro, Milford, and Wyoming to hire needed officers from among those military veterans wishing to continue their service through public safety. I applaud the brave men and women who make sacrifices every day for our protection, and will continue working to ensure they have the necessary resources to be successful and safe."

2012 CHP grants provide 75 percent of the approved entry-level salaries and fringe benefits of each newly hired and/or rehired full-time officer, up to $125,000 per officer position, over a three-year grant period. The COPS Office announced 221 grants for approximately $111 million for Fiscal Year 2012. In Delaware, the funding was distributed as follows:

Dagsboro Police Department $125,000

Milford Police Department $125,000

Wyoming Police Department $105,878

CHP grants are designed to advance public safety through community policing by addressing the full-time sworn officer needs of state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies nationwide.

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