Phoenix will hire 15 new police officers, thanks to a grant from the U.S. Justice Department.
Mayor Greg Stanton said the city would dispatch some of the new officers to local schools as part of the School Resource Officer Program.
The hires were made possible by $5.3 million grants from the DOJ's Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) to seven Arizona cities. The cities will use the money to create 43 new positions, including the 15 in Phoenix.
COPS also awarded grants to Maricopa, Clarkdale, Glendale, Peoria, Yuma and the Tohono O'Odham Nation Police Department.
In addition, some of the funds will support the Phoenix Police Department's new Business and Economic Stability Team (BEST), which targets those who are victimizing businesses in the city of Phoenix, causing great economic loss to our community, according to the city.
In addition to the hiring awards, Phoenix will receive a $50,000 grant from the COPS Office's Community Policing Development Program for the Phoenix Business and Economic Stability Project, aimed at measuring the impact the reselling of stolen goods has on local public safety and legitimate businesses. Tohono O'Odham Nation will also receive a separate grant from the Justice Department's Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation for more than $570,000 to enhance their community policing strategies.
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