Charlie Dent (PA-15) and Director Bernard Melekian, US Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (the COPS Office), will have a news conference on Monday with Mayor Ed Pawlowski and District Attorney Jim Martin to announce federal grant awards to Allentown and other Pennsylvania cities.
The awards are being allocated through the COPS Hiring Program, a competitive grant program that provides funding directly to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies to hire police officers dedicated to addressing specific crime and disorder challenges confronting communities. The grants provide 100 percent funding for the entry-level salaries and benefits of newly-hired, or rehired, full-time officer positions over a 3-year period.
The Allentown Police Department will be receiving the hiring grant to fund positions dedicated to reducing rape.
What happens at the end of three years, when the money well runs dry?
By then, King Edwin will be gone, playing hockey somewhere.