Federal funding announced for three Merced County police agencies

09/18/2013 12:00 AM

09/17/2013 7:49 PM

Three Merced County police departments will receive more than $100,000 each in federal funds to hire or retain street officers for up to three years, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday.

The Atwater Police Department will receive $369,931. The Gustine Police Department will get $202,489, and the Dos Palos Police Department has been awarded $123,368, according to a Justice Department statement.

Funding comes from the Justice Department’s Community Oriented Policing Services Hiring Program.

The program provides salaries and benefits for officers and deputies for three years.

The money was awarded based on a community’s financial need, crime rate and community policing plan.

According to the Justice Department, the program has awarded more than $14 billion to advance community policing nationwide since 1995 and has helped more than 13,000 enforcement agencies to fund the hiring and redeployment of about 125,000 officers.

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