Several Boston police jobs in danger of being cut because of the economic recession will soon be saved thanks to a round of federal stimulus funding.
Mayor Thomas M. Menino recently announced that the Department of Justice has awarded the City of Boston $11.8 million in grant money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to help retain police officers. As part of the COPS Hiring Recovery Program, the funding will allow the Boston Police Department to retain 50 sworn officer positions that otherwise would have been eliminated as a result of the current economy.
According to the CityofBoston.gov, the federal funding will support the base salary and benefit costs associated with retaining officers for three years. In addition, the City of Boston will be responsible for maintaining the positions that are funded for at least one year beyond the award period.