$6.8 million grant adds new police, school officers in northern Ohio

CLEVELAND - More police officers will be hitting the streets and schools to fight crime in northern Ohio.

The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services provided a $6.8 million grant to hire additional police and school resource officers, according to a press release issued Friday from Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. The funds will cover the salary and benefits for officers for three years in the following communities:

- Cleveland: 10 officers, $1.25 million

- Akron: 10 officers, $1.25 million

- Canton: 7 officers, $851,949

- Mansfield: 4 officers, $849,844

- Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority: 4 officers, $499,000

- Toledo: 10 officers, $1.25 million

- Warren: 2 officers, $250,000

- Austintown - 2 officers, $250,000

- Lima - 1 officer, $125,000

The Northern Ohio Violent Crime Consortium also received $500,000 for data analysts and improved technology. NOVCC consists of the eight largest departments in northern Ohio and handles intelligence-led policing efforts.

Communities receiving funds were selected based on their financial needs, local crime rates and community policing plans. The program also focused on agencies requesting assistance in developing school safety programs that including hiring a school resource officer.

"Today, the Justice Department is proud to support the brave and innovative men and women fighting and preventing crime in northern Ohio," said Dettelbach in the press release. "For people listening to those who would indiscriminately shrink or simply shut down the federal government, today's grants, which support cops on the street and crucial crime prevention, is a reminder of the valuable role the federal government plays."

The COPS office funded awards to 263 cities and counties to create 937 law enforcement positions. More than $125 million in grants will be issued nationally, including almost $45 million to hire 356 new school resource officers.

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