Fri., 3:40pm: Warren, Austintown get money for police

CLEVELAND – The U.S. Department of Justice awarded the City of Warren and Austintown $250,000 each to hire more police officers.

In all, The DOJ Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), gave more than $6.8 million to fight crime in Northern Ohio, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

Akron, Cleveland and Toledo received the most, $1.25 million.

Additionally, the Northern Ohio Violent Crime Consortium was awarded $500,000 for data analysts and improved technology. The task for includes the Youngstown Police Department.

The COPS Hiring Program offers grants to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies to hire or rehire community policing officers. The program provides the salary and benefits for officer and deputy hires for three years.

Grantees for the 2013 hiring program were selected based on their fiscal needs, local crime rates, and their community policing plans. There was an additional focus this year on agencies requesting assistance in developing school safety programs that would include the hiring of a school resource officer.