KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) - The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety has been awarded more than $1 million in funding to pay officers.
The $1,250,000 comes from a grant under the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) hiring program, according to a release from KDPS.
It will provide salaries and benefits for officer and deputy hires for the next three years.
The hiring program offers grants to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies.
The grant aims at increasing police presence in the community and will also go towards crime prevention efforts.
Kalamazoo is one of the seven agencies in Michigan to receive the funding. Across the nation, 263 other agencies were awarded the money.
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