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Over $1.8 Million Awarded to Capitol City to Hire 15 New Police Officers

Over $1.8 Million Awarded to Capitol City to Hire 15 New Police Officers
Posted at 5:19 PM, Nov 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-09 17:06:05-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The Department of Justice has just announced that they will award over $1.8 million to the City of Tallahassee to fund the hiring of 15-new police officers.

The award provided by the Community Oriented Policing Services branch of the DOJ was assigned based on community need.

The addition of 15 new officers will help build Tallahassee community relations efforts and help the department better address crime in the community.

"Ideally we would have no crime in our community. I know that is not realistic, but certainly with the help of the community in partnership with the police department we can begin to address the crime issues in our community," said Curtis Richardson, a county commissioner.

Part of the focus of the cops grant is the building of community trust.

Tallahassee Police Department is being asked to target that topic in particular upon reception of the federal money.