HARTFORD — The U.S. Justice Department has approved funding for 10 officer positions for the Hartford Police Department.
Under the 2011 COPS Hiring Program, the estimated amount of the three-year grant is more than $1.9 million. CHP funding is designed to hire or rehire full-time sworn officers for state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies nationwide.
“This is critical funding for the city during this economic downturn. Recovery is all about jobs and funding public safety positions in particular helps the enforcement of quality of life issues and the strengthening of Neighborhood Policing. We accept this funding to ensure that people are and feel safe in our city,” said Mayor Segarra.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Congressman John Larson helped funnel the money to the capital city.
“Fighting crime and violence in Hartford is supremely worthy of federal help – for the sake of residents and visitors, and especially Hartford’s children,” Blumenthal said.
“This grant could not come at a more important time. With State and Municipal governments being forced to make budget cuts, this grant will give the Hartford Police Department the crucial aid they need right now,” said Congressman John Larson.
The CHP grant award start date was September 1, 2011. That means agencies can be reimbursed for expenditures made on or after this date. The COPS Office awarded 238 of these grants totally approximately $240 million.