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(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today announced that New Hampshire has been awarded three grants totaling $1,436,437 through the U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program for the hiring and rehiring of career law enforcement officers.  The awards will go to the police departments in Manchester, Claremont, and Pelham, and support a total of six law enforcement positions.

“These awards will help our state address two of the most important issues we face—public safety and jobs,” Shaheen said.  “They will help keep our police departments strong, our communities safe, and our citizens working.”

The Manchester Police Department will receive a $1,021,440 grant that it will use to hire four new officers.  “During these difficult times of diminishing resources in law enforcement, the funding provided from this grant is a much needed shot in the arm,” said Manchester Police Chief David Mara.

The Claremont Police Department will use its $218,940 award to hire one new officer.  “For Claremont, this grant is critical to maintaining appropriate services to the community, specifically for our community policing efforts,” said Claremont Police Chief Alexander Scott.  “In this economic climate, these positions are often the first to go and without this funding our efforts would be severely limited.” 

The Pelham Police Department will receive a $196,057 award to support one law enforcement position there.

COPS Hiring Program (CHP) grants provide funding to state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to hire, preserve and/or rehire career law enforcement officers in an effort to create and preserve jobs, and increase their community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts. 

More information on the COPS Hiring Program can be found here