September 30, 2010

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen today announced that the City of Berlin has been awarded $249,102 through the Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program for the new hiring and rehiring of career law enforcement officers.

"New Hampshire law enforcement officers put their lives at risk day in and day out to protect our families and our communities," said Shaheen.  "These funds will ensure that our police forces remain robust, while simultaneously putting New Hampshire citizens back to work." 

"Given the financial difficulties facing the North Country, we will put this funding to good use," said Berlin Police Chief Peter Morency.  "It will help us to keep our community as safe as we possibly can."

The COPS Hiring Program supplies funding to address the full-time sworn officer needs of state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies nationwide.   The program provides 100 percent funding for approved entry-level salaries and benefits for three years for newly-hired, full-time sworn officer positions (including filling existing unfunded vacancies) or for rehired officers who have been laid off, or are scheduled to be laid off on a future date, as a result of local budget cuts.

More information on the COPS Hiring Program can be accessed at

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