The Atlanta Police Department anticipates a $1.8 million federal grant that will provide jobs for 15 military veterans.
In a press release, APD said the money comes from the federal Community Oriented Policing Services program, or COPS, and will be distributed over the next three years.
The city will provide a $966,075 match as part of the terms of the grant. The grant also stipulated the city must hire veterans who have served on active duty for more than 180 consecutive days since Sept. 11, 2001, and have received an honorable discharge.
In the grant application, the police department said it will partner with the Atlanta BeltLine project to create an “APD Path Force.”
“These 15 officers will work in partnership with public, private and other city of Atlanta departments to develop long-term initiatives that will alleviate crime, increase the quality of life and develop security and safety ideas that will promote participation and patronage of the Atlanta BeltLine,” the police department’s press release says.
“This grant award will provide 15 officer positions and will assist us to provide police services to the city at large, while providing employment opportunities to those who have selflessly served our country,” Atlanta Police Chief George Turner said in the release. “I am pleased that we were able to secure this grant; it is a boost in helping us to reach our goal of becoming the safest big city in America.”