Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, congratulated the cities of Federal Way and Milton for receiving grants from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Hiring Program:

“This is great news for the South Sound community. I commend the brave men and women who choose to serve by becoming police officers. They are on the front lines of keeping the public safe and neighborhoods strong. These COPS Hiring Program grants will allow Milton and Federal Way to bolster their police force with highly trained individuals, which will improve the security of the entire 9th district.”

The grants include $807,345 for the City of Federal Way to hire three officers, and $298,032 for the Milton Police Department to hire one officer.

COPS Hiring Program (CHP) grants provide funding to state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to hire, preserve and/or rehire career law enforcement officers in an effort to create and preserve jobs and increase their community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts. On Wednesday, September 28th, the Department of Justice announced $243.4 million allocated for CHP grants across the country to create or preserve 1,021 sworn law enforcement positions for three years. These grants will cover the full salary and benefits packages for officers.

For more information, visit www.cops.usdoj.gov or contact the COPS Office External Affairs Division at 202-514-9079.