Police cars outside the Baltimore Convention Center on Thursday morning, April 21, 2011.
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BALTIMORE - New police officers are headed into three Maryland communities thanks to a federal grant.
Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin announced the grant Friday. The grant from the Department of Justice provides funds to Baltimore, Hagerstown, Bladensburg and Seat Pleasant to hire new officers.
"This federal funding is important to ensure our cops are on the beat to combat violence, protect families, and fight the crime that is destroying neighborhoods," says Senator Mikulski.
The grant provides 100% funding for entry-level officers and benefits for those officers for three years. It is also designed to allow departments to rehire laid off police officers.
"Safe neighborhoods and good law enforcement depend on having enough police officers where they are needed across our communities," says Senator Cardin.
A total of $1.7 million will be spread out across the four cities. Baltimore Police will hire 10 new officers with the money. Hagerstown gets two new officers, and Bladensburg and Seat Pleasant can hire one more officer each.
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