- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A federal grant will allow the Lake Charles Police Department to hire new officers for its community policing unit, which seeks to build relationships with neighborhoods.

The American Press reports (https://bit.ly/1eOXZNb ) the police department was awarded a $745,000 grant through the Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services office and hiring program.

Mayor Randy Roach says the city will have to contribute $248,000 to match 25 percent of the grant. The grant covers salaries for three years, after which the city will be responsible for the salaries of the officers.

Roach says the police department has six to seven community police officers in its nearly 190-strong force. The money will cover both salaries and benefits for the new hires.

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