Justice Department Announces $139 Million for Law Enforcement Hiring to Advance Community Policing
BOISE – The Department of Justice today announced more than $139 million in grant funding through the department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) COPS Hiring Program (CHP). The awards provide direct funding to 183 law enforcement agencies across the nation, allowing those agencies to hire 1,066 additional full-time law enforcement professionals. In the District of Idaho, two cities were awarded funding totaling $750,000.
“We are committed to providing police departments with the resources needed to help ensure community safety and build community trust,” said Attorney General Merrick B. Garland. “The grants we are announcing today will enable law enforcement agencies across the country to hire more than 1,000 additional officers to support vitally important community-oriented policing programs.”
Here, in the District of Idaho, the City of Nampa received an award of $250,000, and the City of Twin Falls received an award of $500,000.
“A police department’s most valuable assets are the men and women who put their lives on the line every day in the name of protecting and serving,” said Nampa Police Chief Joe Huff. “This grant will help our department with the resources and support we need. The funding will contribute to expanding community policing efforts in our city. We are just thrilled to receive this competitive grant.”
“I’m elated that the Twin Falls Police Department is a recipient of the 2021 COPS Hiring Grant,” said Twin Falls Police Chief Craig Kingsbury. “This will allow the City of Twin Falls to add four new officers and assist us in continuing with our connection-based and community-oriented policing strategies in our growing community.”
“This critical investment will extend far beyond the creation of law enforcement jobs. It will strengthen relationships between officers and our community, improve public safety, and keep law enforcement officers on the beat,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Rafael M. Gonzalez, Jr. “I want to thank Chiefs Huff and Kingsbury and their officers for their dedication to making our cities safer. Partnerships take time, effort, and resources, and these funds will help expand innovative community policing efforts already in play in Nampa and Twin Falls,” he concluded.