The Roberta Police Department has been awarded a federal hiring grant of more than $95,000.
The Department of Justice grant provides the salary and benefits for officer or deputy hires for three years, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Michael Moore. The grant, totaling $95,783, is from the departments Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.
Grant winners for the 2013 hiring program were selected based on their fiscal needs, crime rates and their community policing plans. The Roberta Police Department was the only agency in the Middle District to be awarded a grant and one of just two in Georgia.
Since 1995, the COPS program has awarded more than $14 billion to advance community policing efforts, including grants to more than 13,000 local, state and tribal law enforcement agencies.