More than $6.2 million in federal grants have been approved to allow local law enforcement agencies in Orange and Seminole counties to hire up to 50 new community policing officers, the office of U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy announced Monday.
The U.S. Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services grants provide the Orange County Sheriff’s with $3.13 million to hire 25 officers; the city of Orlando, $1.88 million to hire 15 officers; the Sanford Police Department, $875,000 to hire 7 officers; and, the Casselberry Police Department, $326,000 to hire 3 officers.
Murphy had written to the Department of Justice promoting the Sanford grant request, and the program in general.
“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,” Murphy stated in a news release issued by her office. “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.”