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St. Louis Police Department receives grant to hire additional full-time officers

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department will be able to hire additional officers with money from the Department of Justice’s 2017 COPS Hiring Program.

Monday morning, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the 179 law enforcement agencies across the nation that would receive grant money to be able to hire additional full-time officers.

“Cities and states that cooperate with federal law enforcement make all of us safer by helping remove dangerous criminals from our communities,” said Attorney General Sessions. “Today, the Justice Department announced that 80 percent of this year’s COPS Hiring Program grantees have agreed to cooperate with federal immigration authorities in their detention facilities. I applaud their commitment to the rule of law and to ending violent crime, including violent crime stemming from illegal immigration. I continue to encourage every jurisdiction in America to collaborate with federal law enforcement and help us make this country safer.”

The grant will award the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department with an additional 15 officers.

St. Louis is one of three departments in Missouri to be given the grant. Click here for a complete list of departments receiving awards. 

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