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City granted $125,000 to fund additional police officer

Post Date:06/16/2020 3:35 PM

The Department of Justice (DOJ) awarded the City of Gardner with $125,000 in grant money to fund an additional police officer. The officer's role will be to implement community policing strategies to strengthen partnerships between law enforcement and its residents and enhance safety through collaborative crime prevention efforts.

Nearly $400 million was distributed to 596 law enforcement agencies nationwide through the DOJ's Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program. Gardner was one of 15 recipients in Kansas.

"We are fortunate to receive this three-year funding to employ an additional officer dedicated to community relations efforts," said Police Chief Jay Belcher. "Our goal is to join forces with the members of our community to solve problems that impact Gardner and build a strong and trusting relationship with the public."

The city plans to fill the position later this year. To see the full list of grant awardees or for additional information, visit the COPS Office website grants page,