Well, the news isn’t good (although no worse than we’d expected lately). But at least the suspense is over. The COPS Hiring Recovery Program (CHRP) awards were announced today, and Oakland is getting funding for 41 officers (PDF).
If it’s any consolation, according to the applicant rankings (PDF), we need the cash more than any other police department in the whole country, scoring 75.77 out of 100 possible points on the desperation index. Following us are Gary, IN with 72.90 points, Stockton, CA with 69.87 points, Pontiac, MI with 69.27 points, Muskegon Heights, MI with 68.70 points, Detroit, MI with 68.25 points, Atlanta, GA with 68.64 points, Darlington, SC with 67.65 points, Warren, OH with 67.21 points East Chicago, IL with 67.10 points, Vallejo, CA with 65.98 points, and Dayton, OH with 65.71 points. No other departments (out of 7,202 agencies applying) scored more than 65 points. Hmm. I guess that’s not really much of a consolation at all, actually.
Unfortunately, there simply wasn’t enough money in grants to go around. Despite the Federal government’s recognition of the dire need here and in many other cities, a cap was imposed on the number of officers that could be funded – no more than 5% of a department’s existing force, with a maximum of 50 officers.
The grants cover entry-level police salary and benefits for three years. Any overtime or steps over entry-level are up to cities to cover. Below, I’ve listed the 25 largest grants awarded, in descending order.
- Oakland, CA: $19.7m: 41 officers
- San Francisco, CA: $16.6m: 50 officers
- Los Angeles, CA: $16.3m: 50 officers
- Cincinnati, OH: $13.6m: 50 officers
- Chicago, IL: $13.3m: 50 officers
- Riverside, CA: $12.9m: 50 officers
- Columbus, OH: $12.7m: 50 officers
- Washington DC: $12.4m: 50 officers
- Boston, MA: $11.8m: 50 officers
- Cleveland, OH: $11.8m: 50 officers
- Atlanta, GA: $11.2m: 50 officers
- Detroit, MI: $11.1m: 50 officers
- Miami, FL: $11.1m: 50 officers
- Indianapolis, IN: $11.0m: 50 officers
- Philadelphia, PA: $10.9m: 50 officers
- Prince George County, MD: $10.6m: 50 officers
- San Antonio, TX: $10.4m: 50 officers
- Milwaukee, WI: $10.3m: 50 officers
- Fresno, CA: $10.2m: 41 officers
- Baltimore, MD: $10.1m: 50 officers
- Sacramento, CA: $9.5m: 35 officers
- Jacksonville, FL: $9.21m: 50 officers
- Dallas, TX: $8.9m: 50 officers
- St. Louis, MO: $8.7m: 50 officers
- Nashville, TN: $8.7m: 50 officers
- Charlotte-Mecklenburg, NC: $8.5m: 50 officers
I’ll let you guys draw your own conclusions.