CNS–The Los Angeles Police Department will receive nearly $16.3 million in federal economic stimulus funding aimed at hiring law enforcement officers, Vice President Joe Biden and U.S.
Attorney General Eric Holder announced today. Grants totaling $1 billion were awarded to 1,046 agencies across the country and will provide salary and benefits for 4,699 officers or deputies for three years.
Agencies that received the funding will be required to retain the grant-funded position for at least one more year. For the LAPD, the grant should provide funding for 50 positions, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
“A big part of the Recovery Act is about building communities–making them as strong as they can be, allowing every American family to live a better life than the one they are leading now,” Biden said. “And we can’t achieve the goal of stronger communities without supporting those who keep our streets safe.”
Other local cities receiving funding include:
— Bell Gardens, $927,285, three positions;
— El Monte, $2.4 million, six positions;
— Inglewood, $3 million, 10 positions;
— Maywood, $617,564, two positions;
— Pomona, $3.1 million, nine positions;
— San Fernando, $674,978, two positions;
— Santa Ana, $6.7 million, 18 positions; and
— Signal Hill, $708,654, two positions.