Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Clinton Brings Closure to Grants for Cops

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Clinton Brings Closure to Grants for Cops

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President Clinton announced last week the final round of graants to law enforcement agencies around the country through a competitive program that will add a total of more than 2,000 police on our nation's streets. These grants, totaling approximately $74 million, have been awarded to 142 jurisdictions to hire 1,001 officers. This marks the end of the Police Hiring Supplemental approved by Congress last summer and is considered the downpayment of the "Cops on the Beat" program contained in the anti-crime bill pending action by the House-Senate Conference Committee.

In this, the final round, 142 jurisdictions in 46 different states were awarded grans, 27 large and 115 small jurisdictions. The Justice Department received 2,652 applications, which included all of those not funded under the first two rounds.

Forty percent (57 grants) are for cities and towns with less than 25,000 residents. The smallest grant was awarded to Duncan, Mississippi, population 416, which will establish police service with its $21,127.

The $150 million FY 1993 supplemental appropriation from which all three rounds were financed will help pay for about 2,023 additional law enforcement officers in all 50 states. These grants were divided evenly between jurisdictions serving populations of 150,000 or more, and those that are smaller. A total of 45 large jurisdictions will receive $75 million, and the remaining $75 million will be shared among 205 smaller jurisdictions.

Summarizing all three rounds, the supplemental appropriation will fund grants to 226 police departments, including three county police departments, 19 County Sheriff's departments will receive funds directly or indirectly as part of a consortia of law enforcement agencies or by providing law enforcement service to cities that received police hiring grants. …

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