Durbin Announces Over $4.8 Million in Federal Funding for Illinois Law Enforcement
City of Chicago to receive nearly $3.125 million to help hire or rehire twenty-five police officers
[WASHINGTON, DC] – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced today that the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program has awarded six communities in Illinois $4,875,000 in funding to recruit or rehire thirty-nine police officers.
“Even as tight budgets are forcing many local law enforcement agencies to reduce the number of officers on duty, the safety of our communities must be our top priority. This funding will help meet that goal by putting more local cops on the beat,” Durbin said.
Under today’s announcement, the following communities will receive COPS funding:
- Broadview Police Department: $250,000 in funding to hire or rehire two police officers;
- Calumet City: $625,000 in funding to hire or rehire five police officers;
- City of Chicago: $3,125,000 in funding to hire or rehire twenty-five police officers;
- County Club Hills Police Department: $250,000 in funding to hire or rehire two police officers;
- City of Peoria: $500,000 in funding to hire or rehire four police officers; and
- Worth Police Department: $125,000 in funding to hire or rehire one police officer.
Today’s funding is part of a nationwide announcement of $107 million in COPS grants that will be given to law enforcement agencies across the country with the aim of creating or saving hundreds of law enforcement positions.
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