Press Release ———–
Rep. Frank Kratovil announced that $703,800 in Department of Justice COPS funding will go to the Elkton and Fruitland, MD police departments to create and/or preserve law enforcement jobs.
“Times are tough, but we cannot cut corners when it comes to public safety,” said Rep, Kratovil. “As a former prosecutor, I understand how critical it is for police departments to have all the resources and manpower they need to keep our communities safe.”
Cops Hiring Program (CHP) provides funding to address the full-time sworn officer needs of state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies nationwide. CHP grants go directly to law enforcement agencies to hire new and/or rehire career law enforcement officers in an effort and to increase their community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts. Two officers are expected to be hired in Elkton [with a $500,000 3 year grant] and one in Fruitland.
CHP also provides 100 percent funding for approved entry-level salaries and benefits for three years (36 months) for newly-hired, full-time sworn officer positions or for rehired officers who have been laid off, or are scheduled to be laid off on a future date, as a result of local budget cuts.