Valley Center receives grant for more law enforcement personnel

The city of Valley Center is among six entities in Kansas receiving money to create additional law enforcement positions through a grant given by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Policing Services.

Valley Center, which was awarded $95,011, is among 263 cities and counties nationwide receiving money to fund 937 law enforcement positions. The awards total more than $125 million, including $45 million to fund 356 new school resource officers, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom’s Office that announces the awards.

“In the wake of past tragedies, it’s clear that we need to be willing to take all possible steps to ensure that our kids are safe when they go to school,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in the release. “Especially in a time of increased challenges and limited budgets, our top priority must always be the safety and well-being of our children.”

Others in Kansas receiving the grant and the amounts are: Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, $105,631; Leavenworth Police Department, $125,000; Lenexa Police Department, $125,000; Ottawa Police Department, $125,000; and the city of Tonganoxie, $115,870.

The COPS Office hiring program offers grants to help law enforcement agencies hire or rehire community policing officers.