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Cuyahoga County to receive $4.2 million in grants to hire more police officers

The funding will pay for the hiring of 34 new officers throughout Cuyahoga County’s two law enforcement agencies

CLEVELAND — *Editor's Note: The video in the player above is from a previous report. 

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced on Monday afternoon that $4.25 million will be awarded to hiring new police officers in Cuyahoga County.

The funding will pay for the hiring of 34 new officers within two of Cuyahoga County’s law enforcement agencies; the Cleveland Division of Police and the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority.

The Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program (CHP) awarded the money to the two law enforcement agencies.

“Too many police departments across our state have had to lay off police officers due to budget challenges,” said Brown. “We know that communities depend on properly trained law enforcement officers to protect and serve. These funds will enable law enforcement in Cuyahoga County to hire and train dedicated public servants to build relationships with and protect our communities.”

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CHP’s competitive award program provides the funding to address the needs of local law enforcement agencies and increase their community policing efforts and crime prevention while using the funding.

$3,750,000 will be given to the City of Cleveland Department of Police, which will hire 30 law enforcement officers using the money. $500,000 will be granted to the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Police Department to hire four new law enforcement officers.

*Editor's Note: The video in the player above is from a previous, unrelated  report.