Maine police departments get $625,000 in grants

The Associated Press
Posted July 01, 2012, at 9:54 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Four Maine towns are getting federal grants totaling $625,000 to bolster their police ranks.

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services has awarded a $250,000 grant to the York Police Department. Departments in Cumberland, Madison and Yarmouth are getting $125,000 each.

In announcing the grants, U.S. Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins said the awards will provide 75 percent of salary and benefits for entry-level officers over a three-year period. The funds can also be used to rehire officers who have been laid off or are scheduled to be laid off because of local budget cuts. printed on March 30, 2017