NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans will be getting a $1.875 million grant from the U.S. Justice Department to hire new community police officers.
The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/1sN1EpQ ) the grant will boost the city's community-oriented policing efforts, paying for 15 positions.
The city already is in the midst of a recruiting effort to bring in 150 recruits this year to join the 1,100 officers now on the force, with an ultimate goal of having a force of 1,600 officers.
The COPS Hiring Program, one of the sources of the grant money awarded to New Orleans, pays for up to 75 percent of the entry-level officer salary for three years.
Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com