|TRAFICANT, James A., Jr.,|
APRIL 15, 1998
Washington, D.C. – U. S. Rep. James A. Traficant, Jr. (D–OH) announced
today that the East Palestine Police Department and the Village of Washingtonville
have been awarded a total of $161,669 in federal law enforcement grants
to hire additional police officers. The grants were made by
the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Community Policing Services
(COPS) under the COPS Universal Hiring Program.
The East Palestine Police Department was awarded a $75,000 COPS grant to hire one additional full-time police officer engaged in community policing. The Village of Washingtonville was awarded a COPS grant of $86,669 to hire two additional full-time police officers engaged in community policing. The grants will fund up to 75 percent of the total salary and benefits of each of the officers over the next three years. Funding will begin once the new officers have been hired or on the date of the award, whichever is later, and will be provided over the course of the grant.
In the last Congress, Traficant attached an amendment to a Justice Department appropriations bill requiring local police departments that receive COPS grants to show a net increase in the number of street cops. The Traficant amendment is now federal law.2009