Police departments throughout Arizona are set to receive grant funding from the Department of Justice to hire additional law enforcement personnel.
Nearly $400 million will be allocated to nine different departments, enabling 36 additional officers to be hired across the state, according to a press release.
Maricopa County is set to receive $375,000 for the hiring of 3 officers.
“The Department of Justice is committed to providing the police chiefs and sheriffs of our great nation with needed resources, tools, and support,” Attorney General William Barr said in the release. “A law enforcement agency’s most valuable assets are the men and women who put their lives on the line every day in the name of protecting and serving their communities.”
The grant funding will be dispersed through the DOJ’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Hiring Program.
Departments that applied for the funds were required to identify specific crime and disorder issues within their jurisdictions and how the prospective funds would be directed to alleviate such issues.
Of the Arizona law enforcement agencies that will receive grant funding, the Pima County Sheriff’s Department will receive the most — $1.25 million — which will enable the hiring of 10 additional officers.
Nationwide, the DOJ awarded COPS Hiring Program funding to 596 law enforcement agencies, which is projected to fund a total of 2,732 full-time law enforcement professionals.
This news comes at a time when police departments and officers are under intense scrutiny due to racism, brutality and the treatment of African American lives. Some cities, like Minneapolis want to abolish their police department altogether. Cities nationwide, and internationally have seen protests against police brutality after video surfaced of George Floyd’s murder by a police officer in Minnesota.
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