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Recovery act will fund Georgia officer salaries

Press Release

From the Office of the Vice President

WASHINGTON- Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder announced $1 billion in grants to fund the hiring and rehiring of law enforcement officers all across the country under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. 

The grants include more than $31 million in grants to fund the hiring and rehiring of 184 law enforcement officers in Georgia. These funds will provide 100 percent of the approved salary and benefits for these officers for three years. 

All police departments receiving the grants will then be required to retain the grant-funded positions for a fourth year. 

The Recovery Act grants, which will be administered by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) through the federal agency's COPS Hiring Recovery Program, provide much needed financial support to state, local and tribal governments,  and will help the nation's law enforcement agencies add and retain the manpower needed to fight crime more effectively through community policing.

The Department of Justice received over 7,200 applications for more than 39,000 officer positions, representing a total of $8.3 billion in requested funding.

The COPS Hiring Recovery Program funds were awarded to the following applicants in Georgia:

The Recovery Act includes $4 billion in Department of Justice grant funding to enhance state, local, and tribal law enforcement efforts, including the hiring of new police officers, to combat violence against women, and to fight Internet crimes against children.

Agency Name

Officers Awarded

Award Amount

Adairsville Police Department

1

$156,726.00

Albany Police Department

9

$1,384,092.00

Alma Police Department 

1

$106,901.00

Americus, City of

2

$271,142.00

Ashburn Police Department  

1

$124,157.00

Atlanta, City of 

50

$11,209,300.00

Bainbridge Police Department

2

$254,712.00

Buena Vista, City of 

1

$113,864.00

Calhoun Police Department

2

$299,478.00

Camden Co. Sheriff

3

$346,545.00

Carrollton, City of 

3

$498,333.00

Cedartown Police Department

2

$366,196.00

Clayton Co. Police

5

$862,035.00

Conyers Police Department

3

$409,728.00

Cordele Police Department 

1

$133,007.00

DeKalb County         

15

$3,112,845.00

Douglasville, City of          

4

$709,688.00

Dublin Police Department   

3

$418,872.00

East Dublin, City of 

1

$119,670.00

Eastman Police Department 

1

$115,019.00

Eatonton Police Department 

1

$121,795.00

Elberton Police Department

1

$140,057.00

Forest Park Dept. of Pub. Safety

3

$579,567.00

Franklin, City of 

1

$116,355.00

Fulton Co. Police            

7

$1,278,158.00

Garden City Police Dpt.

2

$307,738.00

Helen, City of   

1

$148,309.00

Homerville Police Department

1

$205,713.00

Jesup Police Department

1

$138,286.00

LaFayette, City of

1

$123,307.00

LaGrange Police Department

4

$672,584.00

Macon, City of         

14

$1,700,160.00

Marietta Police Department 

6

$856,974.00

Metter, City of 

1

$123,203.00

Monroe, City of  

2

$290,932.00

Monticello Police Department

1

$121,636.00

Morrow, City of

2

$294,846.00

Moultrie Police Department

2

$278,186.00

Quitman Police Department 

1

$105,709.00

Riverdale Police Department

2

$288,150.00

Roberta Police Department    

1

$83,163.00

Statesboro Police Dpt.  

3

$437,775.00

Tennille, City of                   

1

$131,251.00

Tifton Police Department  

2

$234,312.00

Valdosta Police Department 

7

$1,055,957.00

Vidalia Police Department 

2

$258,014.00

Villa Rica, City of  

2

$321,516.00

Winder, City of   

2

$332,868.00

For more information about the COPS grants, or to learn which law enforcement agencies received funding, please visit www.cops.usdoj.gov.

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