Today, Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) announced more than $8 million in grants to fund the hiring and rehiring of local law enforcement officers under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.  

“These funds provide much needed support to our local law enforcement agencies to help add and retain the manpower needed to fight crime more effectively and keep our communities safe,” said Congressman Adam Smith. “Ensuring that 9th District and Washington state continue to be a safe place for people to work and raise a family is a top priority of mine and I will continue to work to provide our local law enforcement agencies with the support and resources they need.”

The grants will be administered by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) through the federal agency’s COPS Hiring Recovery Program, and will be awarded to 1046 law enforcement agencies from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands and Guam. Communities in the 9th Congressional District and the surrounding area will receive more than $8 million, enough to hire and train 29 police offices for three years.

Break down of local funding awarded:

•    Auburn: $1,290,880 awarded to hire 5 officers;
•    Des Moines: $587,896 awarded to hire 2 officers;
•    Fife: $263,563 awarded to hire 1 officer;
•    Kent: $572,374 awarded to hire 2 officers;
•    Lakewood: $784,534 awarded to hire 3 officers;
•    Nisqually Indian Tribe: $153,090 awarded to hire 1 officer;
•    Renton: $1,644,972 awarded to hire 6 officers;
•    Sumner: $321,401 awarded to hire 1 officer;
•    Tacoma: $1,595,375 awarded to hire 5 officers;
•    Tukwila: $928,308 awarded to hire 3 officers;

The grants will provide 100 percent of the approved salary and benefits for entry level officer positions over a three year period.  Police departments receiving the grants will then be required to retain the grant funded positions for a fourth year.  

For more information about the grants please visit www.cops.usdoj.gov.