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Fayetteville police to receive $1.8 million to hire 15 officers

Posted September 24, 2014

— The Fayetteville Police Department will receive $1.8 million in federal grant money to hire 15 new officers, the agency announced Wednesday. The grant will cover 75 percent of entry-level salaries and benefits for three years.

The award is the largest given to any North Carolina police department this year, Rep. David Price (D-NC) said in a statement.

The funds are through the Department of Justice’s COPS Community Hiring Program, which will award $121.4 million in grants to 212 law enforcement agencies across the country this year.

The program allows funds to be used to rehire officers who were laid off through budget cuts and places special emphasis on hiring military veterans and community outreach officers.


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  • Tom Smith Sep 25, 2014
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    its an officer assigned to geographical areas who partners with the local community of that area (apartment managers, business owners, HOA's, community watch managers, etc). the officer works with that community to resolve specific crime and quality of life issues specific to that community. basically, it is a force multiplier technique that many police departments are employing. they can't have a cop on every corner, but they can educate the community on how to harden their defenses, have them educate others and educate them on what to look for and report.

  • Jerry Sawyer Sep 24, 2014
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    So taxpayers are paying for this in towns around the country? I swear, this is not what federal tax money should be used for. The cost of this is a state and local governments responsibility.

  • B.c. Jimmy Sep 24, 2014
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    what is a community outreach police officer?