The Justice Department's COPS or Community Oriented Policing Services program announced today more than $19 million in grants has been awarded for the hiring of new officers in Sacramento. The Police Department and Sheriffs Department will each hire 25 officers and keep them on staff for three years.
The city of Stockton and San Joaquin County were awarded more than nine million dollars.
Bernard Melekian (muh LEK ee un) is Director of the COPS program. He says grants went to the departments that showed a proactive and preventative approach to crime.
MELEKIAN: "It's about building relationships and solving problems. For example, some departments may have citizen's police academies where they train citizens from the community. They may create substantial volunteer programs to improve their work flow. There's a whole wide range of things…sending patrol officers to community meetings."
COPS awarded $71 million in grants statewide and $243 million nationwide. The program received $2 billion in grant submissions.