Recovery funding helps Minneapolis police pay for 13 officers

The City of Minneapolis has been awarded a public safety grant of $3.2 million in Recovery Act funding through the Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program. Minneapolis and several other Minnesota cities were chosen to receive the Recovery funding, which is part of a package of $1 billion in COPS funding being awarded nationwide.

The City applied for the grant in April to pay for 13 police officers over the next three years, beginning in January 2010. The COPS Hiring Program included a competitive application process, with 1,046 law enforcement agencies across the country receiving funding.

The funding will help Minneapolis to continue its successful efforts to reduce crime. Crime in Minneapolis continues to fall for the third straight year and is falling to the lowest level it’s been in many years. Minneapolis violent crime rates half-way through 2009 are at the lowest level in eight years and the City's homicide rate is the lowest in 25 years. Minneapolis Police and the City have used a number strategies to help drive down crime, including proactive policing, targeting the most violent criminals and focusing on reducing youth violence.

July 28, 2009

Published Jul 28, 2009