Middletown police Chief David Birk will be meeting with Acting City Manager Susan Cohen to discuss if the city will accept the $250,000 grant. He said the city was notified about the grant on Monday.
Birk said city is responsible for paying a percentage of the officers’ salary for the first three years with city being responsible for the officers’ salary and benefits in the fourth year.
My hope is that we can accept the grant,” Birk said. “We could do a lot of positive things in Middletown for COP duties and allow other officers to do more discretionary patrols.”
Middletown police has 68 officers, including the chief, and has three vacancies. He said a patrol officer’s test will be given at the end of June and another in July.
If city officials decide to accept the grant, it will be up to Middletown City Council to give final approval.