WASHINGTON – Virginia has received $3,271,000 in U.S. Department of Justice grants Friday to fund law enforcement jobs including 10 in Newport News.
U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) announced that Virginia will receive $1.9 million through the COPS Hiring Program to support five officers in Arlington County and 10 officers in Newport News.
According to a joint news release, the grants go directly to law enforcement agencies to hire new, or rehire, career law enforcement officers in an effort to increase community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts. The federal grants cover 75 percent of funding for entry-level salaries and benefits for three years.
“We need to take every possible step to ensure that our kids are safe when they go to school,” said Sen. Warner. “At a time of increased challenges and limited budgets, the top priority must be strategic investments that help strengthen key law enforcement capabilities.”
“There’s no better investment than one that improves the safety of Virginia’s schools and communities,” said Sen. Kaine. “These important grants will give families across the Commonwealth greater peace of mind with more cops on the beat and an increased focus on school safety.”