Huntington Receives COPS Grant for Five New Police Officers

From Press Release
Mayor Steve Williams and Police Chief Skip Holbrook announced that the City of Huntington received word from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder today that the COPS Office (Community Oriented Policing Services) has approved the funding for 5 officer positions under the COPS Hiring Program. The estimated amount of federal funds to be awarded to the Huntington Police Department over a three-year grant period is $625,000.

Mayor Williams stated, “We have every reason to be proud of Chief Holbrook and the officers of the Huntington Police Department. The diligence and professionalism of HPD are well recognized within the corridors of law enforcement across the nation. These five additional officers will enable us to act aggressively and strategically against the criminal challenges facing our city. We thank U.S. Attorney General Booth Goodwin for his support and guidance in our efforts.”

Chief Holbrook explained that the HPD grant was one of only 263 grants awarded across the country out of 1718 COPS Grant applications. “The COPS Office focused on three priority areas for consideration: School Resource Officers to minimize violence in the schools, hiring of Military Veterans, and Homicide and Gun Violence.” Applicant police agencies were required to demonstrate efforts established in problem solving, partnerships and organizational transformation. Holbrook added “We have a proven track record of establishing innovative solutions and creating community partnerships. The addition of these 5 police officers will increase our staffing to a level that was last present in the 1970s. We are being rewarded for being innovative and aggressive. Our work is not done…however; we are pleased that our efforts are being acknowledged.”

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