Middletown is one of seven Ohio cities that will be receiving a federal COPS grant, and the city plans to add more officers with the money.
There are 179 law enforcement agencies receiving the federal grants to hire police officers, according to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. A total of nearly $98.5 million in federal grant funding was awarded Monday.
Middletown will be receiving $250,000 to hire two police officers.
Cincinnati received $1.875 million in funding to hire 15 police officers.
The federal COPS grant program provides funding directly to state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to support hiring additional law enforcement officers for three years to address specific crime problems through community policing strategies, according to the Justice Department.