- Associated Press - Monday, September 29, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Several West Virginia communities are sharing more than $569,000 to create and preserve law enforcement jobs.

U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller announced the funding through the Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services Hiring Program on Monday.

The cities of Fairmont, Vienna and Spencer, as well as the Dunbar Police Department are receiving the awards.

Officials say the funding will support the hiring or rehiring of law enforcement officers with an aim at increasing their community policing capacities and crime prevention efforts.

The grants provide 75 percent funding for approved entry-level salaries and benefits for three years for newly-hired, full-time positions or for rehired officers who have been laid off, or are scheduled to be laid off.

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