U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ), through the COPS Hiring Program, awarded $87,335 for the Benham Police Department to keep police on the job and to continue their crime prevention efforts.
“Our public safety depends on the efforts of the brave men and women of our community police force who diligently work to protect us,” said Rogers. “Our police officers work everyday to keep our communities safe and to respond to emergency calls. From drug prevention efforts, to shielding our towns from crime, these individuals put our security before all else. This investment in the Benham Police Department will help keep officers on staff and will help bolster the safety efforts of Harlan County.”
Through his role on the House Appropriations Committee, Rogers has long supported local law enforcement efforts within the U.S. Department of Justice. The Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program is a competitive grant program that provides funding directly to the primary law enforcement agency. The grants are used to keep police officers on the job so that local departments can continue their aggressive crime deterrence and policing efforts. The grants cover a wide variety of areas including salary and benefits for existing and new police officers, as well as funding to continue effective crime prevention activities.
Rogers works to secure valuable funding for important initiatives in the Fifth Congressional District.