NC Towns Get Money For Police

Good news for several cities and towns in the East--they'll be getting thousands of dollars to help keep police officers on the beat during the economic downturn.

The government is giving out one billion dollars in grants nationwide for "Community Oriented Policing Services," or "COPS" for short. The money will pay for the salaries and benefits of police officers. While some towns got the good news Tuesday, many more did not. For every $1 to be delivered, another $7 in requests will go unanswered.

In Eastern Carolina, the following cities and towns will receive grant money:

Greenville will receive $1,648,656 to fund eight police officers.
Rocky Mount will receive $1,088,808 to fund eight police officers.
Elizabeth City will receive $435,834 to fund three officers.
Kinston will receive $252,588 to fund two officers.
Hertford will receive $164,644 to fund one officer.
Kill Devil Hills will receive $163,410 to fund one officer.
Ocean Isle will receive $145,288 to fund one officer.
Woodland will receive $134,100 to fund one officer.
Enfield will receive $130,751 to fund one officer.
Warsaw will receive $126,175 to fund one officer.
Wallace will receive $124,578 to fund one officer.
Roanoke Rapids will receive $119,925 to fund one officer.
Plymouth will receive $117,206 to fund one officer.
Princeville will receive $97,401 to fund one officer.
Sharpsburg will receive $116,952 to fund one officer.

To see the full list of awards for police departments across the state and across the country, click here.


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  • by Anonymous on Jul 31, 2009 at 09:23 AM
    Ummmm not sure what your trash truck driver do but in this town they have air condition and use hydraulic arms on there nice cushy air condition trucks to pick up the trash cans...and if you call driving and pushing buttons dangerous, then maybe i missed something...and they are definitely not putting there life on th eline everytime they go to a breaking and entering call not knowing whethere the perp is stil there, maybe with a gun maybe without...I sure hope that one day you don't need you local police for anything, as they drive around preventing crime in there unprotected cars, getting paid less than the trash truck driver, and one of the most dangerous jobs today...Wow...LOL...WOW....to you...Do your home work before posting such "trashy" inormation....
  • by AZ Location: NC on Jul 29, 2009 at 04:00 PM
    I wonder why Washington PD was added to the list here?
  • by Todd Taylor Location: Princeville on Jul 29, 2009 at 11:58 AM
    Yeah, RIGHT, Anonymous! LOL Wow. LOL You've GOT to be kidding. Trash truck drivers don't drive cushy cars and sit in the AIR CONDITIONING all day! They WORK for a living, and deserve EVERY CENT of their hard-earned, inadequate pay. Also, trash truck driving is a DANGEROUS profession so there is RISK to the drivers ... unlike with a COP'S job. Get real. WOW. LOL Wow. Wow!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 29, 2009 at 11:46 AM
    A police officer is normally paid less than a trash truck driver come on people...here the grant money is to go towards making your streets safer and yet people are still griping...what gives...
  • by Anonymous Location: Belhaven on Jul 29, 2009 at 10:39 AM
    Obviously Belhaven was asleep at the wheel on this one!!!!
  • by Todd Taylor Location: Princeville on Jul 29, 2009 at 10:39 AM
    WOW! I'd like to make over $100,000 just to pin on a badge, strap on a gun, and ride around in a Crown Vic or Dodge Charger all day ... maybe write a ticket once in a while. Wow. What a salary just to be a COP! Incredible. Talk about being OVERPAID for the WORK DONE. Wow. Wow.
  • by Jerry Location: Duplin County on Jul 29, 2009 at 09:32 AM
    I am a cop, and I believe this money is not just to pay salary, this money would help to pay medical insurance, 401K, retirement, (some towns match your donation) aswell as paying for uniforms, gear, schools, pay for gas used. A officer may only be paid lets say 28,000 a yr. but one officer can cost a town easily 100,000 a yr to employ once to add it all up. Any business will tell you it cost a employer more than a hrly wage to employ a person.
  • by help on Jul 29, 2009 at 08:41 AM
    Crime still going up
  • by Tom Location: Goldsboro on Jul 29, 2009 at 06:06 AM
    Oh, grant time...good question. Some fund a postion for a year, others for a longer period. Some pay a percentage of the costs over a period of time, i.e., 1st year 100%, 2nd year 75%, and so on. until the agency absorbs the entire cost. Oh, hell of a benefits package...actually, double the salary of any officer and that's what it is costing an agency. Vacation, Sick, 401(k), retirement, insurance (health, life, liability, etc), uniforms, training, other equipment.
  • by john Location: washington on Jul 29, 2009 at 06:03 AM
    Wow,never have.Have family members that are cops.Thats my point.Get it.Duh!.The money will have special glue on it that sticks to the hands of bureaucrats. As I said, there is nothing common about sense.
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