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Norwalk turns down COPS grant

Annie Zelm • Dec 5, 2010 at 10:07 AM

Norwalk police department won't hire another officer after turning down a federal grant.

The city was one of 12 in Ohio awarded the COPS grant by the U.S. Department of Justice. About 260 applications were submitted statewide.

COPS, or Community Oriented Policing Services, is a grant that provides funding for an entry-level salary and fringe benefits for newly hired officers, or officers who have been laid off or are scheduled to be laid off as a result of budget cuts.

The federal government set aside up to $298 million for the program in 2010 and awarded grants to 379 agencies nationwide, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Norwalk Mayor Sue Lesch said it was a decision she didn't want to make, but she opted not to accept the grant because it came with too many strings attached.

Read the full story in Sunday's Register.

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