Grant allows community police officer to be hired

December 23, 1998

Westminster City police have received a federal grant to hire an additional community police officer who will work in schools and patrol on bicycle in downtown Westminster and city neighborhoods.

The $75,000 federal grant covers 75 percent of the officer's salary and benefits for three years. City government will pay equipment costs and the rest of the salary and benefits.

Community policing is "basically a partnership between the neighborhoods and the police," said Lt. Randy Barnes, city police spokesman. He said the community officer's job is to build community relations, suppress crime and try to improve the quality of life in neighborhoods.

The new officer hired under the grant will bring the city force to 41.

Westminster received the grant from the Department of Justice's Community Oriented Policing Services office. The office was established under the 1994 Crime Law to hire 100,000 additional officers nationwide. The program has provided financing for more than 78,000 officers in 10,000 law enforcement agencies.

Fires

Westminster: Firefighters responded at 4: 08 a.m. yesterday to a fire alarm in the 400 block of Malcolm Drive. Units were out 21 minutes.

Reese: Firefighters responded at 8: 21 p.m. Monday to a cleanup detail on Route 140 and Suffolk Road. Units were out 14 minutes.

Westminster: Firefighters responded at 3: 51 p.m. Monday to a truck fire in the 100 block of E. Main St. Units were out 43 minutes.

Westminster: Firefighters responded at 11: 03 a.m. Monday to a fire alarm in the 100 block of Railroad Ave. Units were out nine minutes.

Pub Date: 12/23/98

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