For Immediate Release
Federal Grant Enables Hiring Fifteen Police Officers
The Springfield Police Department has been awarded a COPS Hiring Program (CHP) grant from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. DOJ and COPS officials announced the 2010 recipients at a news conference today. The current round of grants goes to agencies that applied for CHP grants in 2009 but were not awarded grants at that time.
Springfield is one of five agencies in Missouri to receive a 2010 grant, and was the only urban area in the state to receive one. Nationwide, 379 agencies were awarded a CHP grant.
Springfield will receive $2,152,620 in funding from the grant, which will be used to hire and pay 15 new uniformed officers. CHP grants cover 100 percent of the approved entry-level salary and benefits of each newly hired and/or rehired, full-time sworn law enforcement officer for 36 months. Grant recipients are required to retain the COPS-funded positions, at local expense, for 12 months following the federal funding period. CHP grant funding is based on an agency’s current entry-level salary and benefits for full-time sworn officers. There is no local match required by grant recipients.
There are currently 20 recruit officers training in Springfield’s Police Academy. The next Academy class is scheduled to begin in January with 10 openings authorized by City Council during a hiring freeze now in its 22nd month. The CHP grant will bring that number to 25.
Police Chief Paul Williams and City Manager Greg Burris will be available to answer questions from the media about the grant at 2:30 p.m., today in the Police conference room on the second floor of Police Headquarters at 321 E. Chestnut Expressway.
The City of Springfield and the Springfield Police Department would like to thank its congressional delegation for their help in securing this grant.
For more information, contact: Mike Brothers, Department of Public Information, (417) 864-1119.