WASHINGTON – The town of West Warwick and the Warwick Police Department landed $125,000 and $500,000, respectively, from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.
The funds granted to West Warwick and the Warwick Police Department were part of a funding award given to more than 220 cities and counties across the country.
As part of the funding, the New Bedford Police Department was awarded $750,000.
The grants are aimed at creating or saving roughly 800 law enforcement positions across the U.S.
All of the nearly 600 new law enforcement positions expected to be created across the country must be filled by recent military veterans who have served at least 180 days since Sept. 11, 2001.
“Today, we step up our support for recent veterans by offering them the chance to pursue meaningful careers in law enforcement,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in prepared remarks. “At a time of budget shortfalls, these grants will provide opportunities for much-needed, highly-trained professionals – with a proven commitment to service - to continue their careers in communities all across the country.”
The COPS hiring program provides the salary and benefits for officer and deputy highers for three years.
Along with the pledge to hire military veterans, grantees for the 2012 program were selected based on financial need and local crime rates.