YPD Awarded Federal Grant to Hire Additional Police Officers
06/29/2012 | Sgt. Clint Norred, Patrol
The Yuma Police Department applied for and received a Department of Justice COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) Hiring Program Grant for an estimated one million dollars. The grant provides partial funding for eight additional police officers over a three year period.
Chief John Lekan said, "The COPS Hiring Grant allows the department to actively hire eight additional officers, while allowing three years to prepare our budget to fully fund those positions."
The COPS Hiring Program Grant requires the department budget for costs over the one million dollar mark and retain those funded positions after the grant expires. This is one of many federal and state grants the Yuma Police Department has received over this past year. This follows other COPS Grants awarded to the Yuma Police Department. The previous COPS Grant was received in 2010 for five positions and nearly a million dollars in funding.
The Yuma Police Department will continue to be active in seeking grant funding. These funds are vital to our continued improvement upon the services we provide the community.
If you have any questions, please call Sergeant Norred at (928) 373-4715.