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Hayward Police Get $3.6M In Federal Grant Money

HAYWARD (KCBS)— The U.S. Justice Department is giving a $3.6 million financial boost to an East Bay police force. The city of Hayward is getting the money from the Community Oriented Policing or COPS program to pay for nine police officers.

Hayward Police Chief Diane Urban said she understands it is the third- largest grant in the country.

"We're talking about a community of 160,000 residents wedged in between Oakland and San Jose, so this is no small feet," said Urban.

She said the money will be used to hire or retain officers who served at least 180 days in the military since September 11th, 2001.

KCBS' Chris Filippi Reports:

"It's great because they're going to have life experience and we're looking for mature, hard working men and women that want to make a difference and already have a real understanding of what public service is all about," Urban explained.

The COPS program is also giving $1.5 million to the city of Antioch and nearly $1.9 million to Alameda County.

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