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'Vets to cops' grant awards Gloucester City $125,000 for new officer hire
The annual grant bolsters public safety by providing local law enforcement with federal aid to hire new officers or rehire those who were recently laid off due to budget cuts
States News Service
GLOUCESTER CITY, N.J. — Congressman Rob Andrews joined Gloucester City police chief George Berglund to announce that the City will receive a $125,000 federal grant to add a new patrol officer to its force Friday.
Awarded through the Department of Justice COPS Hiring Program (CHP), the annual grant bolsters public safety by providing local law enforcement agencies with federal aid to hire new officers or rehire those who were recently laid off due to budget cuts. As an added feature to this year's grant, the program requires any new hire to have at least 180 days of active service in the U.S. military that dates anytime after the attacks of September 11, 2001. Also, the veteran must have been honorably discharged to be eligible. The CHP grant pays for 75 percent of the officer's entry-level salary and benefits for three years.