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.
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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.