Orange County and the City of Apopka will get special grants from the U.S. Department of Justice to hire additional law enforcement officers, U.S. Rep. John Mica announced Monday.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is to receive $2.5 million, enough to offset funds for 25 new deputies, and Apopka will receive $625,000 to add five more police officers, Mica announced in a news release.

The money comes in a competitive proposal program the department calls the Community Oriented Policing Services Hiring Program.

Nationwide, only four cities – Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Miami – received more funding from the COPS Hiring Program.

“It’s important to give our community the tools they need to ensure our citizens are safe,” Mica stated in the release. “Orange County and Apopka will be safer with more police officers patrolling our streets.”

Mica is seeking re-election in Florida’s 7th Congressional District, covering north-central and northeast Orange County and Seminole County. The Winter Park Republican faces Democrat Stephanie Murphy, also of Winter Park.

Across the country, $119 million is being distributed to hire new police officers. The COPS Hiring Program provides funds directly to law enforcement agencies to hire new and/or rehire career law enforcement officers, and to increase their community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts.

“The City of Apopka has a well-documented need for more police officers,” Apopka Mayor Joe Kilsheimer said in the release. “These additional officers will go a long way in allowing the City of Apopka to reach this goal and ensuring the citizens of Apopka continue to have a safe community in which to live.”

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