East Liverpool, Salem police departments get retention grants

COLUMBUS — The Salem and East Liverpool police departments have received funding to help maintain and build their rosters.

The following entities will also each receive grants to pay East Liverpool Police Department received a grant of $323,413.40 and Salem $159,704 to pay for retention bonuses to help maintain current law enforcement staffing levels, recruit new officers, and continue ongoing public safety services to prevent and investigate violent crime.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine Friday announced that 16 local and state law enforcement agencies will receive a total of $5.7 million in grant funding to help prevent and solve instances of violent crime.

DeWine is awarding the grant funds as part of the sixth round of the Ohio Violent Crime Reduction Grant Program. As part of this program, the governor has awarded $28.7 million to 99 Ohio law enforcement agencies to date. A total of $58 million will be awarded as part of the grant program overall.

“Law enforcement agencies have created innovative and strategic initiatives to prevent and disrupt crime across the state,” said DeWine.

DeWine, in partnership with the Ohio General Assembly, created the Ohio Violent Crime Reduction Grant Program last year to give local law enforcement additional tools to address violence, including increases in crime associated with law enforcement retirements and resignations.

The program is funded through both the state operating budget and with American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds that DeWine and the Ohio General Assembly have dedicated to first responders to counter various pressing issues exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, including violent crime. The grants announced Friday are all funded through ARPA.

The program is administered by the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services within the Ohio Department of Public Safety.


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