The Texas Government Insider reports that the City of Missouri City council members recently authorized the police department to apply for a $308,447.75 federal grant to pay for hiring 10 additional police officers and a $77,438 federal grant to buy tasers, related equipment and training for officers on proper use of the stun guns.
Police officials will apply to the Community Oriented Policing Services Hiring Recovery Program grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to cover the cost of hiring 10 officers and purchasing five fully equipped patrol cars, said Police Captain Larry Capps. If awarded, the grant will pay 100 percent of entry-level salaries and benefits for three years for each of the approved positions. The city also must agree to retain any new officers hired under the grant for a minimum of 12 months after the three-year funding period ends, he said.
The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance program of the U.S. Department of Justice has allocated $77,438 to Missouri City from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, said City Manager Frank Simpson. If approved, the non-competitive grant will permit the police department to purchase 84 hand-held tasers, two replacement cartridges per unit, two training cartridges for each officer, 42 replacement batteries and USB download kits and training.