MIAMI (AP) — More than $8 million will go to 11 South Florida police departments to hire additional officers.
The money comes from a U.S. Department of Justice's Community Oriented Policing grant, which is being provided to create 937 new law enforcement positions around the country. Some 356 of those will be school resource officer jobs.
The grant provides salary and benefits for officer and deputy hires for three years.
The departments receiving a slice of the grant in South Florida include the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Police Department, the Key West Police Department, Miami Gardens Police Department and the City of West Palm Beach, among others.
The grantees were selected based on fiscal needs, local crime rates and their community policing plans.