Local police departments get federal funds

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WKBN) — Two local police departments were among about a dozen law enforcement agencies in the Northern District of Ohio to receive a share of $6.8 million from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

The funding, which will be used to hire additional officers, was announced Friday by U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio Steven M. Dettelbach.

The Austintown and Warren police departments each received $250,000 to hire two officers. The grant money will pay for salary and benefits for the officers for three years.

In addition, the Northern Ohio Violent Crime Consortium was awarded $500,000, which will be used for data analysts and improved technology. The NOVCC is made up of the eight largest departments in Northern Ohio, including Youngstown, Akron, Canton, Cleveland, Elyria, Lorain, Mansfield and Toledo, and are engaged in intelligence-led policing efforts.

The other Northern Ohio departments receiving funding and their grant amounts include:

  • Akron, 10 officers, $1.25 million
  • Canton, 7 officers. $851,949.
  • Cleveland, 10 officers. $1.25 million
  • Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, 4 officers, $499,000
  • Lima, 1 officer, $125,000
  • Mansfield, 4 officers, $849,844
  • Toledo, 10 officers, $1.25 million.

Earlier this month, the Department also awarded $1 million to fund crime prevention and enforcement efforts in the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood on Cleveland’s Southeast side. The money will be used over three years to pay for crime prevention programs, training for felons returning for prison, as well as the continuation of the V-GRIP gun suppression initiative, in which federal agents work with Cleveland police to arrest people who illegally possess firearms.

Overall, the COPS Office funded awards to 263 cities and counties, aimed at creating 937 law enforcement positions.  More than $125 million will be awarded nationally, including nearly $45 million to fund 356 new school resource officer positions.

Grantees for the 2013 hiring program were selected based on their fiscal needs, local crime rates and their community policing plans. There was an additional focus this year on agencies requesting assistance in developing school safety programs that would include the hiring of a school resource officer. School resource officer positions funded by the COPS Office are sworn law enforcement positions that work within a school district or facility, interacting directly with school administrators and students.

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