POINT PLEASANT — The City of Point Pleasant recently hired a new officer thanks to a COPS Hiring Grant though the U.S. Department of Justice.
Point Pleasant Police Chief Ernie Watterson said Officer Timothy Combs has been hired as the newest addition to the police force, thanks to the grant. Combs has been working at the department for about a month.
The money from the grant is used to pay 100 percent of one officer’s salary and benefits for three years with the the city being responsible for paying that officer’s salary and benefits in the fourth year of service.
The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) is the office of the U.S. Department of Justice that advances the practice of community policing in America’s state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies. COPS does its work principally by sharing information and making grants to police departments around the United States.
The COPS Hiring Program is open to all state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies and provides funding for the hiring or re-hiring of additional full-time officers.
The City of Point Pleasant began the application process for the grant last May and then last fall Watterson told city council it had been approved for the award totaling $118,000.