Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The Justice Department on Monday announced more than $12 million in economic stimulus funds for the District’s Metropolitan Police Department to create or preserve 50 law enforcement jobs.

Associate Attorney General Thomas J. Perrelli announced the funds just days after several large cities such as New York were disappointed to not receive any of the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grants.

Mr. Perrelli said the District received the maximum amount awarded. He cited the city’s high poverty and growing unemployment rates, as well as a hiring freeze and 4 percent decline in the number of police jobs. The jobs will be funded for at least four years.

Nationally, the COPS program will hire or rehire 4,699 officers with $1 billion in stimulus funds. That’s just a fraction of the funding requested, though, by police agencies across the country.

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