The Mendota Police Department received funding to hire a new police officer thanks to a federal COPS grant program.
The city teamed up with a professional grant-writing company, Acquisition Partners of America, to write and submit its proposal, and received the full amount of $112,638.
The funds will help Mendota police retain a sworn officer, which is crucial toward maintaining current service.
“Keeping this officer on the streets will help the community in times of need,” stated Mendota Police Chief Gregg Andreotti. “The department put an emphasis on community policing over the last few years; we need this officer in order to fully implement the concept. It would have been devastating if the position was lost.”
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Awards from the COPS Hiring grant program provide up to 75 percent of the approved entry-level salaries and fringe benefits of full-time officers. There were just fewer than 1,000 applicants nationwide, and 197 awards (75 applications from California, with 21 awards).