Beacon Journal staff report
Akron will be able to hire 10 more police officers thanks to a federal grant it received this week.
Akron, Cleveland and Toledo all were awarded $1.25 million — the largest amount given across the country — through the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).
“We did well,” Akron police Chief James Nice said Friday. He went to Washington, D.C., to lobby for the federal funds.
Nice also credited the police department’s grant-writing staff.
The 10 hires will be on top of the 40 officers Akron is in the process of hiring with the help of another federal grant it received aimed at employing former veterans. The city will swear in several new officers Wednesday, Nice said.
The $1.25 million will cover the salary and benefits of 10 Akron officers for three years.
Canton was awarded $851,949, which will pay for seven officers, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
“Today, the Justice Department is proud to support the brave and innovative men and women fighting and preventing crime in Northern Ohio,” said Steven M. Dettelbach, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. “For people listening to those who would indiscriminately shrink or simply shut down the federal government, today’s grants, which support cops on the street and crucial crime prevention, is a reminder of the valuable role the federal government plays.”