ABC 23: Over $2M Awarded to Bakersfield, McFarland, Delano Police Departments
ABC 23 Bakersfield
Over $2M Awarded to Bakersfield, McFarland, Delano Police Departments
June 27, 2012
Rep. Jim Costa announced that $2 million has been awarded to the police departments in Bakersfield, Delano, and McFarland from the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).
The funds from the COPS Hiring Program (CHP) will allow the 3 police departments to hire 14 officers.
“Since the beginning of our economic downturn, many of our communities have seen a rise in violent crime at the same time that the city’s budgets are being reduced,” said Costa. “COPS grants help our police departments build and maintain their forces so they can help keep our streets safe. This year’s grant also utilizes the special skills our veterans learned while on active duty by requiring that new hires must have served in the military.”
Agency Name Total Officers Awarded Award Amount Bakersfield Police Department 11 $1,375,000 City of Delano 2 $475,928 City of McFarland 1 $249,068
CHP grants cover 75 percent of the salaries and benefits for hiring new full-time officers or rehiring officers who have been laid off due to local budget cuts over a period of 3 years. This year’s grant program specifies that new hires must be military veterans that have served at least 180 days of active duty on or after September 11, 2001.