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West Valley cities receiving police grant money from Department of Justice

The cities of Peoria and Surprise are among nearly 200 cities and law enforcement agencies around the country that receive grant money to help police.

The grant from the Department of Justice, along with Community Oriented Policing Services hiring program, totals $119 million for 184 law enforcement agencies around the country. The goal of the grants is to hire, or in some cases protect, over 900 community police officers in the United States.

Peoria is receiving $125,000 in grant money with a focus on building trust. The Surprise Police Department is receiving $250,000 for community engagement. Also, south of the Phoenix area, the city of Maricopa is receiving $250,000 to help fight violent crime.

All applicants for the grant money were asked to identify a crime or problem area that city or police department had. From there, applicants had to explain how funding would help them either initiate or enhance their abilities to use community policing to help that problem area.