WASHINGTON, DC. – Rep. Jim Costa announced that the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) has released more than $820,000 for the hire of four additional law enforcement officers. The funds are sent directly to law enforcement agencies to help hire or rehire law enforcement officials to improve local safety efforts. In the 16th Congressional District, Atwater, Dos Palos, Gustine, and Madera all received funds for the hire of an additional officer.
“For years, our Valley cities have been faced with fiscal challenges that have forced them to make painful budget decisions,” said Costa. “These grants give them the flexibility needed to build and maintain their police departments so they can keep our communities safe. COPS is a critical lifeline to local law enforcement, and I will continue to fight for funding this program.”