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Arizona receives DOJ grant for community policing officers

Posted at 6:31 AM, Nov 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-21 08:31:50-05

Two Arizona police departments will receive federal funds to hire four new community policing officers.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Monday that $98,495,397 in grant funding, through the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) COPS Hiring Program (CHP), will be awarded to 179 law enforcement agencies across the country to hire 802 new full-time officers.

The town of Sahuarita and the Flagstaff Police Department were each awarded funding to hire two community policing officers.

The CHP selection process for the grants was based on factors like violent crime, financial need and community policing efforts.

For a complete list of award recipients, click here.

The COPS Office said it has invested more than $14 billion to help advance community policing since 1994.