Attorney General William P. Barr

Attorney General William P. Barr announced $400 million in funding, including $375,000 to the Peoria Police Department to hire three officers.

The Department of Justice announced nearly $400 million in grant funding through the Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) COPS Hiring Program (CHP). 

The city of Peoria will receive $375,000 to hire three officers.

Funding awards will be made to 596 law enforcement agencies across the nation, allowing those agencies to hire 2,732 additional full-time law enforcement professionals. 

The awards are part of Operation Relentless Pursuit. Apache Junction, the city of Maricopa and the Pima County Sheriff’s Department also will receive funding.

“The Department of Justice is committed to providing the police chiefs and sheriffs of our great nation with needed resources, tools and support. The funding announced (June 2) will bolster their ranks and contribute to expanding community policing efforts nationwide,” Attorney General William P. Barr said.

“A law enforcement agency’s most valuable assets are the men and women who put their lives on the line every day in the name of protecting and serving their communities,” Barr added.

The COPS Hiring Program is a competitive award program intended to reduce crime and advance public safety through community policing by providing direct funding for the hiring of career law enforcement officers.

CHP applicants were required to identify a specific crime and disorder problem focus area and explain how the funding will be used to implement community policing approaches to that problem focus area.

The COPS Office received nearly 1,100 applications requesting more than 4,000 law enforcement positions.