City of Tampa Awarded Federal Grant for New Officers from DOJ

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Today, the City of Tampa received a grant for $1,875,000 in federal funds over a three-year period with a local cash match. This will allow for the City of Tampa to hire 15 new officer positions until the 2016 COPS Hiring Program (CHP).

“It’s always great when we get to add officers to our world class police force, so to say we’re just excited about this award is an understatement,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “Also, the fact that we get to use these new hires to focus on our community policing efforts is just an added bonus. 

“We remain committed to looking for ways we can invest in community safety and foster relationships that are built on mutual trust and respect.”
TPD Chief Eric Ward added “At the Tampa Police Department we are committed to community policing because we know it is effective in preventing crime. This grant will help us put more officers on the street as we continue to build relationships with community members and work together to keep the City safe.”
***Find details about the CHP Program here.
For additional information, please contact:
Ashley Bauman, Public Affairs Director