Thursday, November 9, 2023

Federal grant will fund 4 new police officers

There will be four new police officers in Westland funded by a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Service (COPS). 

The funding will continue for three years, according to the city and is part of the program which  supports local law enforcement agencies in hiring and rehiring police officers. With these funds, officials said, the city can expand the police force and continue the commitment to public safety. Westland matched the grant with the required 25 percent of the total hiring amount of $1,429,464. The total expenditure for the hirings is $500,000 from the federal grant and $929,264 from Westland. 

“This grant is a significant step forward for our city. It will allow us to enhance our law enforcement capabilities and provide even better service to our residents. The safety and well-being of our community are top priorities, and these four additional officers will contribute to a safer and more secure Westland,” commented Mayor Michael P. Londeau. 

The COPS Hiring Program promotes the principles of community policing, and the cultivation of positive relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve, according to the website. The program focuses on building trust, reducing crime, and improving public safety, it continued. 

Westland Police Chief Kyle Dawley added, “The newly hired police officers will undergo comprehensive training and orientation to ensure they align with the community policing philosophy and the values of our city. Their presence will further strengthen our efforts to maintain a safe and welcoming environment for all residents, businesses, and visitors.”