Three Connecticut communities are among the recipients of federal grant money for hiring and retaining local police officers. The Justice Department’s “Community Oriented Policing Services” Program (COPS) provide 100 per cent of the approved salary and benefits for the entry-level officers for three years.
Around the country, $298 million in COPS grants was announced. In Connecticut, New Britain will receive more than two million of that, for seven police positions. New London qualified for three positions and a grant of more than $726,00, and Willimantic for three positions and more than $550,000.
New Britain Mayor Timothy Stewart thanked the city’s police chief, William Gagliardi, for his pursuit of the grant, to help the city control crime. Chief Gagliardi says the new officers will help with neighborhood policing efforts, including drunk driving enforcement and quality of life issues in the Belevedere area near Central Connecticut State University.