Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch announced yesterday that more than $107 million in grant funding will be released through the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) COPS Hiring Program (CHP).
The Attorney General announced funding awards to nearly 200 law enforcement agencies across the nation, aimed at creating, and in some cases protecting, 866 law enforcement positions.
The City of Tallahassee was one of the grant recipients. This was first reported by WCTV.
To see the full list of departments, go here.
WCTV reported the Tallahassee Police Department will receive $1,875,000 to fund 15 new officers for three years.
The DOJ press release said that all “applicants were asked to identify a specific crime and disorder problem area and how funding would be used to initiate or enhance their capacity to implement community policing approaches to that problem area.”
The next question is how will this impact the City’s proposed 13% property tax increase which was promoted as a way to pay for additional police officers?