Mission PD secures competitive grant
Mission, TX- The Mission Police Department will bolster their ranks, thanks to a coveted grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice. Mission PD will receive $1.25 million in grant funding to hire 10 new police officers through the department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) COPS Hiring Program (CHP).
The COPS Office awards grants to hire community policing professionals, develop and test innovative policing strategies, and provide training and technical assistance to community members, local government leaders, and all levels of law enforcement.
“A police department’s most valuable assets are the men and women who put their lives on the line every day in the name of protecting and serving. This grant will help our department with the resources and support we need. The funding will contribute to expanding community policing efforts in our city,” Mission Police Chief Robert Dominguez said. “We are thrilled to receive this competitive grant.”
The COPS Hiring Program is intended to reduce crime and advance public safety through community policing by providing direct funding for the hiring of career law enforcement officers. U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) was instrumental in securing the funding for Mission PD. He supported the grant application through the review.
“This critical investment will extend far beyond the creation of law enforcement jobs. It will strengthen relationships between officers and our community, improving public safety and keeping law enforcement officers on the beat,” Congressman Cuellar said. “I want to thank Mayor Dr. Armando O’Caña, City Manager Randy Perez, City Council, and Police Chief Robert Dominguez for their dedication to making our city safer. I also want to thank the police men and women who put their lives on the line every day to protect us.”
The COPS Office received nearly 1,100 applications. The department awarded funds to 596 law enforcement agencies across the nation, which allows those agencies to hire 2,732 additional full-time law enforcement professionals.