$1.5m grant to hire veterans as police officers

Senator Mary Landrieu has announced more than $1.5 million in federal funding for Louisiana from the Department of Justice's Community Oriented Policing Services Hiring Program.

The funding will go directly to law enforcement agencies to create and preserve jobs in an effort to increase community safety and crime prevention efforts.

All new officers hired with this grant money must be military veterans who served at least 180 days of active duty since September 11, 2001. The program provides the salary and benefits for officers and deputies for three years.

Departments awarded grants include:

· Baldwin Municipal Government: 1 officer, $85,564 (over three years)

· New Orleans Police Department: 9 officers, $1,125,000 (over three years)

· St. Helena Parish: 3 officers, $184,086 (over three years)

· Tangipahoa Police Department: 1 officer, $145,979 (over three years)