Several Wash. police agencies to benefit from ‘Vets to Cops’ Hiring Grants

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by CHRIS DANIELS / KING 5 News

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Posted on June 25, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 25 at 6:46 PM

A new federal grant will likely put more cops on the streets in several Western Washington cities and potentially put veterans to work.

Kitsap County is one of the jurisdictions which will benefit from the Justice Department grant handed down on Monday.

The DOJ will hand out more than $111 million across the country to fill open positions with military veterans..
   
The Kitsap County Sheriff's Office will get $750,000 to fund six positions and the sheriff says that will help close the law enforcement gap here.

“This is good news,” said Steve Boyer Kitsap County Sheriff. “It’s going to help our limited staffing, our veterans, improve our public safety.  We lost 35 positions in the last three years in the economic turndown the thin blue line is danger of becoming a dash."

The Justice Department says agencies were selected based on crimes rates and commitment to community policing.

The Clallam County Sheriff’s Department, and the police departments in Port Townsend, Burien, and Tacoma all received similar grants.

For more information about Vets to Cops visit http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/

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