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Middletown Gets Federal Funds To Hire Two New Officers

Jun 30, 2020
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The Middletown Township Police Department will receive federal money to hire two new officers.

Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick’s office announced Monday that the township has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice through the Community Oriented Policing Services Hiring Program.

“Chief Bartorilla has run an exceptional department that serves as a model in safeguarding the lives and property within their jurisdiction and as a model in police-community relations,” Fitzpatrick said in a statement. “By hiring these new officers, Chief Bartorilla will make our community safer while strengthening the already strong community relations his department has within Middletown Township.”

The Community Oriented Policing Services Hiring Program is described as follows:

Community Oriented Policing Services Hiring Program is a competitive award program intended to reduce crime and advance public safety through community policing by providing direct funding for the hiring of career law enforcement officers. In addition to providing financial support for hiring, Community Oriented Policing Services Hiring Program provides funding to state, local, and tribal law enforcement to enhance local community policing strategies and tactics. In a changing economic climate, Community Oriented Policing Services Hiring Program funding helps law enforcement agencies maintain sufficient sworn personnel levels to promote safe communities. Funding through this program had been on hold since the spring of 2018 due to a nationwide injunction that was lifted earlier this year.