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(Washington, DC) -- U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced a $1,844,835 grant from the Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) to hire twenty-four full-time police officers for community policing efforts. The grants will provide funding for 75 percent of the total salary and benefits of each officer over three years, up to a maximum of $75,000 per officer.

"Community policing has already helped us make great strides toward reducing crime in America," said Senator Murray. "Encouraging effective local solutions to our crime problems is common sense. I will continue to support programs like this that support Washington state law enforcement."

The awards include:

• $75,000 for the Hoquiam Police Department to support one new officer; • $150,000 for the Kittitas County Sheriff's Office to support two new officers; • $138,606 for the City of Newport to support one new officer; • $56,229 for the town of Pe Ell to support one new officer; • $150,000 for the Republic Police Department will to support two new officers; • $375,000 for the Thurston County Sheriff's Department to support five new officers; • $900,000 for the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife to support twelve new officers.

The COPS in Schools grants are from the department's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), established in 1994 as part of the Crime Bill which Murray supported. The program's goal of putting 100,000 more police on the nation's streets has been exceeded.