Murray Announces Grants to Hire 18 New Police Officers in Spokane, Pasco, Clark County & Liberty Lake

Aug 28 2002

$1.35 million will pay for salaries and benefits for 18 new officers

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced federal grants of more than $1.35 million to enable Spokane County, Pasco, Clark County & Liberty Lake to hire a total of 18 new full-time police officers.

The grants provide:

Spokane County Sheriff's Department: 10 new full-time officers ($750,000)

Pasco Police Department: 3 new full-time officers ($225,000)

Clark County: 3 new full-time officers ($225,000)

City of Liberty Lake: 2 new full-time officers ($150,000)

The grant was awarded under the Community Oriented Policing Services' (COPS) Universal Hiring Program (UHP).

"Community policing is a proven way to reduce crime and increase safety in our communities," said Sen. Murray. "I am pleased these communities will now have the resources to hire additional officers."

Sen. Murray has worked to provide funding for the COPS program, and was instrumental in restoring the budget cuts proposed by the Bush Administration last year.

In the budget for the coming year, Murray and her Senate colleagues have proposed 50 percent more COPS funding than the Administration.

UHP grants provide up to 75 percent of the total cost of salary and benefits of each new officer over a period of three years, up to a maximum of $75,000 per officer. State or local funds pay the remainder, and each grantee is required to retain COPS-funded positions for a minimum of one local budget cycle after the grant funds expire.

To date, the COPS program has funded more than 114,000 officers nationwide through approximately 32,700 grants. These grants have been awarded to more than 12,000 law enforcement agencies in support of making communities safer by increasing the number of officers available for patrol in local jurisdictions.