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Fayetteville police to receive $1.8 million to hire 15 officers

Posted September 24, 2014 4:53 p.m. EDT
Updated September 24, 2014 4:54 p.m. EDT

— 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.