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GALVESTON, TX (October 25, 2017) – On Monday, November 20th, the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) approved the Galveston Police Department for seven (7) officer positions under the 2017 COPS Hiring Program (CHP). This three-year award will provide $875,000 in federal funds to compliment the $653,979 that the City of Galveston will match to fund the hiring of seven officers whose focus is on community policing. The Galveston Police Department was one of nine cities in the State of Texas selected to receive the award.
“This is a huge win for the City of Galveston,” said City Manager Brian Maxwell. “This grant will allows the City to further its focus on public safety and by increasing GPD’s presence on the Island.”
The City’s grant proposal asked for funding for the creation of a dedicated Street Crimes Unit as well as additional officers for our Crime Scene Unit.
The Street Crimes Unit will be dedicated to working non-traditional hours and targeting crime hot spots that are determined based on crime data analysis. They will target specific and significant threats to public safely as well as our residents and visitors ability to move freely, and conduct business. The goal of the unit will be to disrupt and prevent dangerous street level criminal activity within the City of Galveston so as to provide a safe and secure environment and to improve the quality of life for our residents, business owners, and our visitors.
The grant will also allow the department to add staff to our crime scene unit. GPD’s goal for the unit is to be able to provide the community with a 24 hours a day, seven (7) days a week response. Additional staff will provide the department with more time dedicated to investigating crimes that occur in Galveston and providing the detectives working these cases the information they need to successfully bring criminals to justice.
“The work that the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services is doing through their awards of these types of grants throughout our nation is invaluable,” said Police Chief Rick Boyle. “This type of funding has the potential to make a noticeable impact on our national crime statistics and we look forward to seeing that impact here on the Island.”
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In an effort to maintain a fully staffed department, the City will be hosting a civil service exam in the near future. As we continue to focus our efforts on recruiting, our goal is to always have our next cadet class ready to serve the community. If you’re interested in servicing your community as a Galveston Police Officer, now is the time to answer the call. To find out more about what it takes to become a member of the Galveston Police Department, as well as watching for our next exam announcement, please visit www.galvestontx.gov/earnit.