October 1, 2013 > Grant funds School Safety Officers
Grant funds School Safety Officers
Submitted By Allison Bormel
Congressman Eric Swalwell (CA-15) announced September 17 that the Hayward Police Department will receive a three-year federal Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant to hire two School Resource Officers (SROs). The SROs will help Hayward improve school safety and address youth gang violence.Ê In July, Rep. Swalwell sent a letter to the director of the COPS program in support of HaywardÕs application for a grant.Ê The COPS grants are administered by the U.S. Department of Justice.
ÒWith this federal COPS grant, Hayward students and the entire Hayward community will be safer. I congratulate the Hayward Police Department on being selected for this award to hire more School Resource Officers,Ó said Congressman Swalwell. ÒI supported HaywardÕs application when they applied for this grant and I am pleased that they were chosen.Ó
ÒThis is truly a community effort,Ó explained Hayward Police Chief Diane Urban. ÒOur goal is to improve community outreach, increase campus safety, and provide critical intervention to at-risk youth and their families.Ó
With the two additional staff members, the Hayward Police Department will bring its total to eight SROs. The Alameda County SheriffÕs Office also will receive COPS funding to hire eight police officers.