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Waterloo Police Get Funding Help

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WASHINGTON, DC (KWWL)

The Waterloo Police Department will receive more than one million dollars from teh U.S. Justice Department to hire five police officers. Waterloo is among five Iowa cities receiving money from the Justice Department's Community Oriented Services Program.

Iowa Senator Tom Harkin's office made the announcement today in the following press release: 

Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) announced today a total of $5,085,712 has been awarded to cities across Iowa under the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program. This funding is provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the Economic Recovery Package.  Harkin is a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

"Community policing makes a positive difference in the lives of people across Iowa. It's simple--more police means safer streets, playgrounds, and neighborhoods. As we put more officers on the street and in our schools, we will continue to reduce crime in our communities," Harkin said. "This funding comes at a critical time for cash-strapped communities."

COPS provides law enforcement agencies with an array of community policing training and technical assistance resources intended to increase their capacity to fight crime. All of the officers hired with COPS grants are used in community policing, a strategy that uses partnerships between law enforcement officers and the people they serve.

Details of the funding are below.

  • Burlington- $337,824 to hire two officer positions
  • Centerville- $173,842 to hire one officer position
  • Davenport- $1,319,455 to hire five officer positions
  • Des Moines- $2,191,806 to hire nine officer positions
  • Waterloo- $1,062,785 to hire five officer positions

Online Reporter:  Ron Steele

rsteele@kwwl.com

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