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Vergennes: Local police get help through a U.S. Department of Justice taxpayer-funded program
The Vergennes Police Department will get a new member thanks to a taxpayer-funded grant of $133,313.
The funds, to be used to hire a full-time employee for one year, were awarded by COPS, the Community Oriented Policing Services program, administered by the U.S. Department of Justice.
COPS is responsible for advancing the practice of community policing in the nation’s state, local, territory, and tribal law enforcement agencies. One method in doing so is through U.S. taxpayer-funded grants.
In 2009, COPS received $1 billion through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. More than 7,000 law enforcement agencies immediately requested more than $8 billion through COPS.