Seattle wins federal grant to hire 10 new police officers
SEATTLE - Mayor Mike McGinn and Interim Police Chief Jim Pugel today welcomed the news that the Department of Justice has awarded Seattle a $1.25 million Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant to hire 10 new police officers.
Last week McGinn announced funding for 15 new officers in his 2014 Proposed Budget. Combined with that announcement and the 27 new officers added in the 2013 budget process, the COPS grant brings to 52 the total number of new officers authorized in the City budget since the end of 2012.
"This federal grant will help us continue to put more officers in our neighborhoods and walking beats to protect public safety," said McGinn.
"We are pleased that we will be able to hire ten additional Seattle Police officers under the COPS Hiring Program. This award, along with the extra officers outlined in the budget, is great news for the department and for the community," said Pugel.
New officers hired under the COPS Hiring Program will be deployed into each of the five precincts at two officers per precinct, as part of the Department’s Community Police Team (CPT) program. Under the grant, the city has committed to hire four military veterans.
Unlike regular patrol officers, CPT officers focus on long-term and chronic problems specific to individual neighborhoods. They patrol known "hot spots" multiple times throughout their shifts and work to build relationships with residents and business owners in their precincts. Working directly with the community allows them to spot problems as they arise and combat the root causes of crime.
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