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(WOIO) –

The U.S. Department of Justice awarded seven cities and agencies a total of $124 million in grants to create, protect, and add new law enforcement positions.

The money is coming from the Justice Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).

Included in the funds, $5.1 million will be coming to Ohio.

“The idea of community policing is for officers to get to know the people they’re policing, so they’re not stuck behind the wheel of their patrol car going from one call to another. Then they can understand both the problems that those people are facing and they can understand where to find the information that they need in order to solve crimes,” said Steven Dettelbach, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

The list of this year’s grantees includes:

  • Austintown, $250,000 for two officers.
  • Canton, $1,125,000 for nine officers.
  • Cleveland, $1,875,000 for 15 officers.
  • The Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority, $500,000 for four officers.
  • Lima, $375,000 for three officers.
  • Lorain, $625,000 for five officers.
  • Warren, $375,000 for three officers.



Article and Picture Courtesy of WOIO 19 Action News

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