NEW HAVEN POLICE RECEIVE $4.7 MILLION IN RECOVERY ACT COPS FUNDING TO HIRE 22 NEW OFFICERS
(7/28/2009) FUNDING WILL ALLOW DEPARTMENT SWORN STAFF TO GROW TO LARGEST IN RECENT HISTORY
NEW HAVEN- The City of New Haven has been awarded funding of $4,666,992 to fund 22 officers over three years. This funding has been made available through Federal Recovery Act grants, which will be administered by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) by way of the federal agency's COPS Hiring Recovery Program. These 22 officers will be hired to join the upcoming New Haven Police Academy class that is scheduled to begin training in early September. “We are thankful for this funding which allows us to seat a total of 45 individuals in our September class and hire 10 already POST certified officers who would be lateral transfers to our police force,” said Mayor John DeStefano, Jr.
Of the upcoming class, 33 individuals will be paid for with funds already set aside in the City budget while the other 22 will be paid for with this COPS award. “We will now be able to put additional patrol officers in our neighborhoods making sure quality of life enforcement is strong,” said DeStefano.
DeStefano, along with other Mayors from across the nation, has long been an advocate for restoration of COPS funding that was strong during the Clinton Administration but later cut during the Bush Administration.
The addition of a successful class of 45 officers and 10 lateral transfers would bring the Department’s sworn personnel count to 482, the highest level in more than a decade. “These officers will be able to increase motor vehicle enforcement, pay attention to issues such as prostitution that contribute toward bigger problems in our communities and provide resources for strong narcotics enforcement and involvement with task forces with our partners. These are all important investments to make New Haven a safer and better place in which to live, work and raise a family,” said DeStefano.
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