The Department of Justice has just awarded grants that will help create six new law enforcement positions in two cities within the Southern District of California.
According to the office of U.S. Attorney Laura E. Duffy, the U.S. Department of Justice has awarded grants totaling $925,235 to hire new law enforcement positions in San Diego’s Chula Vista area and in the city of Brawley, Calif., located in Imperial County.
Through the Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program, Chula Vista will be granted $500,000, while Brawley is set to receive $425,235.
The program offers grants to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies to hire community policing officers, providing salaries and benefits for officer and deputy hires for three years. Since 1995, the program has awarded more than $14 billion across more than 13,000 agencies.
The 2013 Southern District grantees were selected based on fiscal needs, local crime rates and community policing plans.
Duffy said the grants will also provide resources to address public safety in Chula Vista and Brawley.