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CLEVELAND - The U.S. Department of Justice is handing out more than $500,000 to fight crime in the valley.

In conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), Steven Dettelbach, United States Attorney  for the  Northern District of Ohio announced funding awards to be used to hire additional police officers and school resource officers.

The grantees, the additional officers to be hired and the grant amount, which includes salary and benefits for officers to three years, are as follows:

  • Austintown, 2 officers, $250,000.
  • Warren, 2 officers, $250,000.

Additionally, the Northern Ohio Violent Crime Consortium was awarded $500,000, which will be used for data analysts and improved technology. NOVCC is made up of the eight largest departments in Northern Ohio - Akron, Canton, Cleveland, Elyria, Lorain, Mansfield, Toledo and Youngstown - and are engaged in intelligence-led policing efforts.

Overall the COPS Office funded awards to 263 cities and counties, aimed at creating 937 law enforcement positions. More than $125 million will be awarded nationally, including nearly $45 million to fund 356 new school resource officer positions.

 The COPS Hiring Program offers grants to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies to hire or rehire community policing officers. The program provides the salary and benefits for officer and deputy hires for three years.

Grantees for the 2013 hiring program were selected based on their fiscal needs, local crime rates, and their community policing plans.

There was an additional focus this year on agencies requesting assistance in developing school safety programs that would include the hiring of a school resource officer.

School resource officer positions funded by the COPS Office are sworn law enforcement positions that work within a school district or facility, interacting directly with school administrators and students.

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