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Harkin Announces more than $600,000 for Law Enforcement Jobs in Iowa

June 25, 2012

Harkin Announces more than $600,000 for Law Enforcement Jobs in Iowa

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) announced today that the state of Iowa has received $610,014 from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program (CHP). Harkin is a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, which funds the COPS program.

“We have a duty to ensure that Iowans are safe, and in that regard, the COPS Program has proven its worth,” Harkin said. “This program leverages each dollar to increase personnel and help fight crime and prevent drugs from harming our communities. This funding is a win-win for Iowa.”

CHP grants go directly to law enforcement agencies to hire or retain career law enforcement officers in an effort to increase their community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts. A unique change for the 2012 program requires that all new officers hired under the grant must be military veterans that have served at least 180 days of active military service, any part of which occurred on or after September 11, 2001. CHP provides funding to address the full-time sworn officer needs of state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies nationwide.

Details of the Iowa awards are as follows:
Iowa City, $250,000 to support two officers.
Johnson County Sheriff's Office, $125, 000 to support one officer.
City of Knoxville, $110,014 to support one officer.
City of Sergeant Bluff $125,000 to support one officer.