- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Three police departments in Mississippi have received Community Oriented Policing Services grants.

The grants were announced this week by the Department of Justice.

In Mississippi, the Canton Police Department will receive of $127,191; the Gulfport Police Department will receive $494,768; and the Town of Beulah will receive $82,352.

Officials say the funding will allow the agencies to assign newly sworn personnel to issues related to violent crime, property crime and school safety.

The COPS Hiring Program offers grants to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies to hire or rehire community policing officers. The program provides salaries and benefits for officer and deputy hires for three years.

Grantees for the 2014 hiring program were selected based on their fiscal needs, local crime rates, and community policing plans.

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