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2004 Media Releases

August 18, 2004
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Chief Tom Casady, Police Department, 441-7237

Mayor Thanks Senator Nelson For Assistance In Securing Grants For New Police Officers

Mayor Coleen J. Seng today thanked U.S. Senator Ben Nelson for his work to secure federal grant funding for 10 new full-time officers in the Lincoln Police Department. Lincoln will receive an estimated $750,000 from the Office of Community Oriented Policing (COPS) in the U.S. Department of Justice.

“Public safety is one of the top priorities of local government, but with budget constraints, we have not had the funds to add as many officers as we would like,” said Mayor Seng. “Senator Nelson’s assistance in securing this grant will mean better protection for Lincoln citizens.”

Lincoln is one of 93 local law enforcement agencies to be awarded grants under the COPS Universal Hiring Program, which supports community policing and homeland security activities. The grants cover up to 75 percent of the salary and benefits of new officers over three years. Part of the funds will be used to help cover the cost of the two new police officers included in Mayor’s Seng’s budget for the 2004-2005 fiscal year. The rest of the grant funds will be available for future hiring.

More information on the COPS Universal Hiring Program is available from Tamara Lucas at 202-514-9079.

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