Congressman John Shimkus

Representing the 15th District of Illinois


Charleston Gets Grant to Hire Additional Police Officer

Jun 3, 2020
Press Release

Maryville, Illinois -- Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) has announced the Charleston Police Department will be adding a new officer as a result of federal funding from the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).

The COPS Hiring Program awards grants on a competitive basis that are intended to reduce crime and advance public safety through community policing by providing direct funding for the hiring of career law enforcement officers. Approximately $400 million in grants to 596 law enforcement agencies across the nation will allow the addition of 2,732 full-time officers, according to U.S. Attorney General William Barr.

"I commend the Charleston Police Department for its success in obtaining $125,000 as part of the competitive funding process," Shimkus said. "It is especially timely in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and the rioting following the tragic death of George Floyd while being arrested in Minneapolis."

In addition to financial support for hiring, the COPS Hiring Program provides funding to state, local, and tribal law enforcement to enhance local community policing strategies and tactics.