Calif. gets $20 million in police hiring grants

OAKLAND, Calif. - California is receiving nearly $20 million in federal grants to help hire more than 100 new law enforcement officers across the state.

National and local leaders made the announcement Tuesday in Oakland. Thirty-nine cities and counties in California will receive the federal funding available through the Community Oriented Policing Services grants, also known as COPS.

Oakland will get a $4.5 million grant, the highest amount awarded in the country. The money will be used to hire 10 officers over three years.

The violence-plagued, cash-strapped city has cut the size of its police force from 830 officers in 2009 to just over 600 now.

Other cities receiving COPS grant money include Inglewood and Modesto.

Chula Vista will receive $500,000, while Brawley -- in Imperial County -- will receive $425,235.

The 2013 COPS' grants come as funding for the federal program has been fiercely debated in Congress.

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