Five Rhode Island Towns Receive More Than $100k to Hire More Police Officers

The U.S. Department of Justice awarded the money.

Providence, RI (WLNE) – Five Rhode Island towns will receive more than $100,000 each to hire more police officers.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced this week that it is awarding more than $139 million nationwide as part of the ‘Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Hiring Program’.

The award will go toward hiring full-time law enforcement officers.

The following cities in Rhode Island will receive money:

-North Providence: $125,000

-Richmond: $125,000

-Scituate: $125,000

-Smithfield: $125,000

-Tiverton: $250,000

“Our local law enforcement partners play an integral role in the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction strategy,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Richard Myrus in a statement. “The COPS hiring program and today’s grants reflect our commitment to local law enforcement, community-based policing, and to the broader goal of keeping the people of Rhode Island safe by reducing violent crime.”

The money is awarded through a competitive program. It is designed to enhance community policing and cut down on crime. The funds go directly to law enforcement agencies to hire new officers or rehire additional career officers.

The complete list of awards is at this link: https://cops.usdoj.gov/pdf/2021AwardDocs/chp/Award_List.pdf

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