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WATSONVILLE POLICE DEPT GRANTED 1/13/14 1745 OG

THE WATSONVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT IS ONE OF 266 DEPARTMENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT HAVE BEEN AWARDED A COMMUNITY ORIENTED POLICING GRANT BY THE U-S DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE.     THE GRANT GIVES THE WATSONVILLE P-D  3 HUNDRED SEVENTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS TO HIRE 3 OFFICERS FOR 3 YEARS.   HOWEVER, THE CITY OF WATSONVILLE MUST CONTRIBUTE A MATCH OF MORE THAN 6 HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS TO COVER THE FULL COST OF SALARIES AND BENEFITS.     POLICE CHIEF MANNY SOLANO IS LOOKING TO RETURN HIS STAFFING TO PRE-HIRING FREEZE NUMBERS WITH A GOAL OF 75 OFFICERS.     WITH THREE VACANCIES, THE DEPARTMENT CURRENTLY OPERATES WITH 65 OFFICERS .     THE CITY COUNCIL IS SCHEDULED TO REVIEW THE GRANT AND DISCUSS REVENUE OPTIONS TODAY (TUESDAY).

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