GLENDALE — The Police Department will receive an $800,000 federal law enforcement grant to hire 12 officers with the condition the city will provide matching funds.
The grant will pay for 75% of the officers' salary and benefits if the city covers the remaining costs. The grant expires in three years, requiring the city to absorb the cost after that period. The long-term commitment may be difficult for Glendale, which historically has a lean budget.
"I would suspect the council has strong interest in trying to take advantage of the grant," said Glendale City Manager James Starbird. 'We have a long-term concern to stabilize the general fund while adding programs and services. I'm sure the grant would give us a good jump start to get to those goals."
Since the passage of a 1994 federal crime bill, Glendale has hired 14 officers devoted to community policing. The department plans to expand the group with the new funds.