GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – On Monday, the U.S. Department of Justice awarded law enforcement hiring grants to help build trust, reduce violence, and protect schools.
U.S. Attorney Thomas G. Walker made the announcement that the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) is funding awards to 3 agencies in the Eastern District of North Carolina.
Greenville Police Department is one of the lucky three to receive funding. GPD will receive $500,000 to fund 4 positions.
The grant money is aimed at creating and in some cases protecting law enforcement positions.
The office supplying the grant money released a statement saying the following: “The COPS Office is pleased to assist local law enforcement agencies throughout the country in addressing their most critical public safety issues,” said Ronald L. Davis, Director of the COPS Office. “These grants are not simply about putting more officers on the street, they are about expanding the capacity of law enforcement agencies to engage in community policing.”