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KINGSTON ANNOUNCES FEDERAL ASSISTANCE TO JESUP POLICE DEPARTMENT
Department of Justice grant to fund new officer for three years
Washington, Jul 28, 2009 -
Congressman Jack Kingston (GA-1) today announced a $138,286 grant for the Jesup Police Department. The funding will be administered by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).
“We’ve seen from experience that local initiatives go a lot further toward solving local problems that policies set in Washington,” Congressman Kingston said. “This funding will provide tax relief by savings local tax dollars and, under the stewardship of Chief Takaki, will go a long way to fight crime more effectively through community policing.”
The grant will provide 100 percent of the approved salary and benefits for an entry level officer over a three year period. The department will then be required to retain the grant-funded position for a fourth year.
“We are so happy and proud that the City of Jesup has received the funding for an officer,” said Interim Police Chief Glenn Takaki, “This addition is great news for the department and the community.”
The COPS Office within the Department of Justice was created through the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994. As a component of the Justice Department, the mission of the COPS Office is to advance the practice of community policing as an effective strategy to improve public safety.
Since 1995, the COPS Office has invested $12.4 billion to help law enforcement advance the practice of community policing which focuses on moving law enforcement from a reactive to a more proactive role.