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Fairborn police could hire 2 new officers thanks to federal grant

MARSHALL GORBY/STAFF
MARSHALL GORBY/STAFF

Fairborn could hire two new police officers thanks to a federal grant.

The Fairborn Police Department applied for funding through the COPS Hiring Program by the U.S. Department of Justice and has been awarded $250,000 for hiring two officers. The department presented information to Fairborn City Council on Monday. Council has to approve the grant and then the department can accept it, a police department spokesman said.

The Department of Justice would cover about three-quarters of the new officers’ salaries for three years.

By accepting the grant, Fairborn’s police department would agree to pay about $316,000 throughout the three years. The department would also need to retain the two officers for one additional year.

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About 30 other Ohio communities were also awarded the grant.

The funding must be used to initiate community policing or enhance the department’s involvement in community policing with the officers hired or an equal number of veteran officers who have been redeployed to implement that plan.

In the Fairborn Police Department’s grant application, the department stated that they wanted to address the city’s drug problem with community policing.

The department plans to conduct extra patrols in neighborhoods and schools and to meet with citizen groups, according to the grant application.