June 04, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce Funding to Support Local Law Enforcement

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $2,564,147 in funding through the COPS Hiring Program (CHP) to support several local police departments in West Virginia. This funding is made available through the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and will allow law enforcement agencies to hire additional full-time law enforcement professionals.

“The outpouring of community action and civic engagement across West Virginia in the last several weeks have reminded us of the consequences of poor relationships between communities and the police officers who serve them. This funding invests in community policing efforts to ensure police departments across West Virginia are able to continue moving forward in serving our communities where every citizen is treated fairly in the eyes of the law, regardless of their race. Programs like this are critical to ensuring we address the systemic racism that still permeates our country and as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I will continue fighting to ensure West Virginia communities have the resources to deploy these programs,” Senator Manchin said

“It is great to see this funding heading to support our law enforcement community, especially from such a competitive program like CHP,” said Senator Capito. “This program will help provide direct funding for the hiring of career law enforcement officers and help local police forces in West Virginia prevent crime. Keeping our communities safe is a top priority, and I will continue to deliver the resources needed to give our residents the peace of mind they deserve back home.”

Individual Awards Listed Below:

·        City of Beckley – $625,000

·        Mercer County Sheriff's Department – $375,000

·        Logan County Sheriff’s Department – $373,103

·        Corporation of Ranson – $250,000

·        City of Spencer – $240,654

·        Town of Terra Alta – $185,000

·        Cabell County Sheriff's Department – $125,000

·        Summersville Police Department – $125,000

·        Elkins Police Department – $109,375

·        Roane County Sheriff's Department – $105,635

·        Town of Elk Garden – $50,380