The Federal Way Police Department has been awarded more than $1 million as part of a federal program to keep police officers on the streets.
The $1,036,296 grant allows the department to keep four police officer positions, according to a press release issued today.
The Department of Justice’s COPS Hiring Program announced $298 million in grants today. Eleven law enforcement agencies in Washington state received more than $4.7 million to hire or retain 19 law enforcement positions. The Federal Way Police Department received the largest reward. It was also the only South Sound agency to receive grant money in this round of funding.
The federal grants are competitive. The money pays for 100 percent of the entry-level salary and benefits for an officer for three years. The law enforcement agencies have to pay for equipment and other costs.