September 29, 2011

News Release

For Immediate Release

COPS Grant Will Provide Five Additional Officers

The Springfield Police Department has been awarded a 2011 COPS Hiring Program (CHP) grant from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing.

Springfield is one of 7 agencies in Missouri to receive a 2011 grant. Nationwide, 238 agencies were awarded a CHP grant.

Springfield will receive $739,235 in funding from the grant, which will be used to hire and pay the base salaries for 5 new uniformed officers. CHP grants cover 100 percent of the approved entry-level salary and benefits of each newly-hired full-time sworn career law enforcement officer over three years (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.

The next Academy class is scheduled to begin this January and the grant will pay for 5 additional recruits to enter this class, while veteran officers are selected to fill the specific positions asked for in the grant.

You can learn more about the CHP grant program here, and see the and see the full list of recipients here.

Media Contact: Lt. Kirk Manlove, 864-1722
Release authorized by: Lt. Kirk Manlove

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Springfield Police Department

Headquarters: 321 E. Chestnut Expy., Springfield, MO 65802
South District Station: 2620 W. Battlefield Rd., Springfield, MO 65807
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