Knoxville — The City of Knoxville has been awarded a $110,014 Community Oriented Policing Services grant.
This was part of an award to 220 cities and counties across the country to help pay for police services. A White House press release indicates that the funds will save 600 law enforcement positions and create 200 new ones. All new law enforcement positions created with the grant must be filled by veterans.
"Since we got into office, the President and I have been committed to helping our returning heroes find jobs and transition back into civilian life. A lot of them want to keep serving now that they’re back, and these COPS Grants help give them that chance," said Vice President Joe Biden.
Knoxville Police Chief Dan Losada said Lt. Aaron Fuller deserves credit for writing the grant. The grant will be distributed over three years.
The department is in the final stages of hiring a 13th officer, funded in part through franchise fees and not the grant. However, of the two finalists for the 13th officer position, neither is a veteran. Being a veteran was not a provision for the grant at the time it was sought.
Losada and the Knoxville City Council were unsure whether or not it should start the search for the 13th officer over again, in which it would include veteran status as a requirement, if it will turn down the grant or start a new search for a 14th officer, funded through the grant.
Other Iowa agencies to receive funding include Iowa City, Johnson County and the City of Sergeant Bluff.