HPD Scores Big On Federal Grant To Hire Cops

Houston is the only major Texas city to get funding in the current round of a federal police-hiring grant program, Mayor Annise Parker announced today.

A $10 million grant will allow the city to hire 50 officers over the next three years, she said.

Houston is one of only four cities nationwide to get the maximum $10 million, officials said.

"We will spend these dollars wisely, continuing the strict fiscal stewardship that has kept Houston from having to follow other major cities in furloughing or laying off police during these tough economic times," Parker said.

Which kinda sounds like other cities could use the grants more, but Houston isn't complaining.

"This grant shows the cooperative relationship we have with our federal law enforcement partners. This will be a great benefit to the citizens of Houston and the men and women of the Houston Police Department," said Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland.

Federal officials said 379 police and sheriff's departments across the country had received the grants through the COPS hiring program, with COPS standing for the Department of Justice's Community Oriented Policing Services.

The $10 million will pay salary and benefits for 50 cops for three years; after that, it's either get another grant or come up with other money to pay for the officers to stay on.

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