COPS Grant benefits Houston, neglects Harris County
Washington, D.C. – While Congressman Gene Green applauds the U.S. Department of Justice for awarding the City of Houston Police Department over $4.9 million in funding for hiring and retaining police officers under the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)’ Hiring Program grant, he is dissatisfied that the Harris County Sheriff’s Office did not receive an award.
“I’m disappointed that Harris County did not get an award because a COPS grant would help the Sheriff’s Office meet the needs of residents in unincorporated areas of Houston that are unable to get help from HPD. The Sheriff’s Office needs assistance just as much as HPD, especially given all of the territory and resources they protect,” stated Rep. Green.
The COPS Hiring Program grant provides funding to hire or retain career law enforcement officers to increase their policing capacity and crime prevention efforts.
Harris County is the third most populated county in the United States and the largest in Texas. A forced county-wide hiring freeze has resulted in a loss of over 400 employees for the Sheriff’s Office, including deputies, detention officers and other civilian personnel. The COPS grant would have helped them add critical positions for patrolling, conducting criminal investigations, detention staffing, and safeguarding the Ship Channel Security District.
The City of Houston was one of only five Texas recipients.