U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy announced that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded over $6.2 million to law enforcement agencies in central Florida to help keep families safe. The funding is provided through the DOJ’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant, and will provide funding to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the city of Orlando, the city of Sanford, and the city of Casselberry. The funding will enable these local law enforcement agencies to hire a total of 50 law enforcement officers.
Murphy has made federal support for local law enforcement one of her top priorities in Congress. In April, she signed a bipartisan letter to the House Appropriations Committee urging them to provide sufficient funding for the COPS grant program. In addition, she wrote a letter in June to the Department of Justice in support of the Sanford Police Department’s application for a COPS grant.
The COPS grant helps state and local law enforcement agencies reduce crime by supporting community policing strategies and allowing them to hire more uniformed officers. Of the $6.2 million being allocated in Murphy’s district, the awards are as follows:
- Orange County Sheriff’s office will receive $3.13 million to hire 25 officers;
- The city of Orlando will receive $1.88 million to hire 15 officers;
- The Sanford Police Department will receive $875,000 to hire 7 officers; and,
- The Casselberry Police Department will receive $326,000 to hire 3 officers.
“More officers on the streets will help make our families safer and our communities stronger, which is why this funding is an important boost to our local law enforcement agencies,” said Murphy. “In Congress, I’ve pushed for robust funding for the COPS grant program overall to support our law enforcement community. I’m particularly proud that I was able to help the city of Sanford in its successful grant application so they can secure seven new officers. We owe our law enforcement community a debt of gratitude as they put their lives on the line to keep us safe, and I’m proud to have their backs. I’ll keep working in Congress to support central Florida and the brave men and women who protect and serve it.”