ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - More police officers will soon hit St. Louis streets. The U.S. Department of Justice is handing out money to help nearly 200 law enforcement agencies across the country. It means that St. Louis will receive enough money to employee 15 new officers. The DOJ is awarding $107 million across the country.
St. Louis is set to receive just over $1.8 million. This is all part of the DOJ's cops hiring program.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch said ensuring that local law enforcement officers have the resources they need to serve their communities fairly, faithfully and effectively is among the department`s highest priorities. The money is designed to help law enforcement agencies become more efficient and more responsive to the needs in their jurisdictions.
Chief Sam Dotson told our partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he expects to see the new 15 officers on the streets sometime next summer, giving the time it takes hire and train them.
Berkeley police are getting money for two officers, Cape Girardeau will receive three new cops and Springfield, Missouri will see an additional 11 officers patrolling its streets.