U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) has awarded the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety $1,375,000 in funding under the COPS Hiring Program (CHP) to hire 11 new Public Safety Officers. Kalamazoo is one of five agencies in the State of Michigan to receive this critical funding.
The COPS Office received more than 1,100 CHP applications during the FY 2017 open solicitation period from law enforcement agencies in every state and US territory. After careful review of all applications, the COPS Office made FY 2017 CHP awards to 179 state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies totaling $98,495,397 to support the hiring of 802 full time law enforcement officers.
Twenty-three years after the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 was signed into law, the COPS Office continues to support the efforts of law enforcement agencies across the country as they develop creative and innovative ways to deal with long-standing community crime problems and public safety issues. To date, the COPS Office has invested more than $14 billion, including grants to more than 13,000 state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies, to reduce crime by advancing community policing. In all, COPS Office funding has supported the hiring of more than 130,000 law enforcement officers in agencies large and small across the nation.
Additional information about the 2017 COPS Hiring Program can be found on the COPS website at www.cops.usdoj.gov.