CLEVELAND — Eleven northeast Ohio police agencies have been awarded a total of $5.4 million in grants by the U.S. Department of Justice to hire or rehire police officers through its Community Oriented Policing Services office.
The city of Cleveland received a grant of $1.9 million to hire 15 officers. Canton received money for eight officers, while Mansfield and the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority each received a grant to hire four officers.
Other communities that received grants are East Cleveland, Barberton, Boardman, Massillon, Austintown, Milton and Northfield.
The competitive grants allow departments to hire or rehire officers who engage in community policing and covers the cost of an officer's salary and benefits for three years.