SARASOTA -- The Sarasota Police Department received $1 million in federal funding Wednesday that they'll use to hire up to eight additional officers, according to the department.
The Department of Justice announced the COPS Hiring Program grants on Wednesday, which went to a total of 16 law enforcement agencies in Florida and 212 nationwide, according to a release. No Manatee County law enforcement agencies received one of the grants.
“This is so exciting for our community and the Sarasota Police Department," said Sarasota Police Chief Bernadette DiPino. "This award will help support us in our community policing efforts as we continue to keep the City of Sarasota a safe place to work, live and play.”
The grant provides 75 percent funding for approved entry-level salaries and benefits for three years for newly-hired, full-time sworn officer positions, according to police.