Toledo to hire police officers under COPS grants

<font size="2">Toledo will receive $1.25 million to hire 10 officers.</font>

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) announced on Friday that the Toledo Police Department would receive federal grants worth a combined $2.9 million from the U.S. Department of Justice under the COPS Hiring Program.

The award, she said, will fund the hiring of as many as 24 officers to increase community policing and prevent crime.

The awards represent about one-third of all awards in the state of Ohio and part of more than $125 million nationally to assist local law enforcement agencies address critical public safety issues.

Of the 50 positions funded in Ohio, Toledo received $1.25 million for 10 officers.

Since 1995, the COPS Hiring Program has awarded grants to fund the hiring and redeployment of approximately 125,000 officers. Republican fiscal year 2014 budget calls for eliminating the COPS Hiring Program.