The Puyallup Tribe has received $225,000 in federal money to hire officers.
The grant award was announced today by the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Police Services. The office awarded $19.8 million to 62 law enforcement agencies so that 269 officers could be hired, according to a press release. Besides the Puyallup Tribe, the cities of Bremerton and Seattle received grant money in Washington.
The grants are intended to provide up to 75 percent of the total salary and benefits for each new officer for the next three years. That pencils out to about $75,000 each. Local money is supposed to pick up the rest.
“All jurisdictions that receive grants must retain the COPS-funded officer positions for at least one complete local budget cycle following the three-year federal funding period,” the press release states. “The grants are intended to enhance the community policing capacity of local law enforcement agencies to address violent crime.”