Doraville will have two new officers patrolling its streets in the coming weeks thanks to a federal grant issued to its police department by the U.S. Department of Justice.
The $385,000 Community Oriented Policing Services grant, delivered by Congressman Hank Johnson at last Monday’s city council meeting, will take care of all related expenses for the new officers over the next three years, said Mayor Ray Jenkins.
“We’re proud that he chose to give us this grant,” said Jenkins. “Our department deserves this and any help we can get we appreciate.”
“Providing communities like Doraville with the law enforcement resources it needs is one of the most important things we can do,” said Johnson.
The DeKalb County Police Department received a similar grant last year for 15 officers through Johnson’s office, said a spokesperson for Johnson.
“The COPS Hiring Program goes to the very core of our mission in government–to provide grants that create or preserve local law enforcement jobs that helps keep our community safe,” Johnson said in the press release.
Doraville Police Chief John King received the check at the city council meeting. “This type of funding is critical for our department’s mission,” said King, in the press release.