At a glance
Agencies in Colorado awarded COPS grants:
- Alamosa Police Department: 1 officer, $163,124
- The town of Ault: 1 officer, $152,957
- Black Hawk Police Department: 1 officer, $262,308
- Colorado Springs Police Department: 2 officers, $418,560
- Commerce City: 4 officers, $872,612
- Englewood Police Department: 3 officers, $697,146
- Florence Police Department: 1 officer, $133,881
- Grand Junction Police Department: 5 officers, $1,319,660
- Idaho Springs Police Department: 1 officer, $162,716
- The town of Ignacio: 1 officer, $182,183
- Steamboat Springs Department of Public Safety: 1 officer, $204,695
- Telluride Marshal's Department: 1 officer, $191,113
- The town of Vail: 1 officer, $258,970
Colorado Total: 13 agencies, 23 officers, $5,019,925
Source: U.S. Department of Justice
Steamboat Springs The Steamboat Springs Police Department will have one more patrol officer on the streets in the next couple of months, thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice's COPS Grant program.
The $204,695 grant from the federal stimulus package will pay for a full-time police officer's salary and benefits for three years, with an agreement that the city fund a fourth year. The officer position is one of 23 awarded in Colorado to 13 agencies.
The city requested three officer positions, but considering the tight competition among police agencies, city grant writer Winnie DelliQuadri said any award is a success.
"Frankly, I feel very good about it given that the big cities - Commerce City, Grand Junction, the ones that were funded - look at how big they are compared to us," she said.
The funds will be used to "unfreeze" one of the two police positions that the department was unable to fill because of budget constraints.
"We feel very fortunate to one: get the grant and two: I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the outstanding work by Winnie DelliQuadri in putting this grant together and making it so we were awarded that position," Capt. Joel Rae said.
Nationwide, 1,046 agencies were awarded a total of 4,699 officers, with funds totaling just less than $1 billion. Rae said more than $66 million was requested by 105 agencies in Colorado, with just more than $5 million awarded.
Rae said he will be going through the hiring process in the later part of August. The awards were "based on crime rate, financial need and community policing activities," of the agencies, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a news release announcing the grants.
The federal stimulus grant is a boon to the city also because it requires no immediate matching funds, DelliQuadri said, unlike many other grants the city applies for.
"The beauty of the stimulus money is that we can go after these dollars without having to put up our own money, which, given the economic status of the city, would be a huge stumbling block," she said.
The city was awarded a grant for $51,861 earlier in the year for equipment including firearms, ammunition, Tasers, digital video recorders and emergency response team supplies. The city and Routt County also are awaiting a response on a $1.5 million request to upgrade the dispatch radio system.