Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 | 11:40 p.m.
The North Las Vegas Police Department will receive $1.6 million in grant funding from a Justice Department-backed program to fund officer positions aimed at reducing school violence.
The money from the Community Oriented Policing Services program will cover the salaries and benefits of 13 officers for about three years, according to U.S. Attorney for Nevada Daniel Bogden.
“The Department of Justice continues to support the efforts of law enforcement in Nevada,” U.S. Attorney for Nevada Daniel Bogden said in a statement. “This program is specifically designed to advance public safety through community policing, including the hiring of school police officers or school resource officers. Bullying, stalking and other interpersonal crimes affect our children at an alarming rate, making these positions more important than ever.”
North Las Vegas has received COPS funding in the past. Possible recipients are evaluated based on fiscal need, local crime rates and community policing plans, Bogden said.
The program awarded $124 million in grants nationwide, with $375,000 funding three officers in the Elko County Sheriff’s Office. Elko will be awarded $125,000 for one officer.