City to receive $137,848 grant
FERRIS - The city of Ferris was awarded a grant of $137,848 through the Community Oriented Policing Services Hiring Program, under the Department of Justice’s COPS program to help hire additional officers for community policing and homeland security efforts.
United States Senator John Cornyn- R, announced Friday, Oct.1 the funding will go directly to law enforcement agencies to hire additional law enforcement personnel to increase and strengthen their community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts.
"COPS plays a crucial role in helping make our communities safe," said Cornyn.
"This funding will provide local law enforcement in Ferris with the financial resources to hire more personnel in order to bolster emergency response and overall efforts to crack down on crime."
COPS grants provide 100 percent funding for approved entry-level salaries and benefits for three years for newly-hired, full-time sworn officer positions.
Ferris City Manager Eric Strong said the grant will allow them to add one additional officer.
"Only 8 percent of the applications for this grant were funded, so we feel very honored and fortunate that we were one of the select few that were chosen to participate," said Strong.