The Ambridge Police Department was awarded this grant, with assistance from U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey's office, to increase the presence of full-time police officers in the borough.
The increased police presence is expected to help reduce crime and improve police relations within the community.
“I’m pleased to announce this $250,000 COPS hiring grant for the Borough of Ambridge Police Department," Toomey said in a statement. “This grant will allow the Ambridge Police department to hire new officers and better keep our communities safe.”
Ambridge Manager Joe Kauer said, "With the support of this COPS Hiring Grant, as a unified community, Ambridge’s goal is to increase the presence of full-time police officers in the Borough; whereby building bonds with residents and business owners where they feel comfortable and safe reporting crimes and interacting with law enforcement officers.”
“With a full roster of full-time officers," Kauer said, "Ambridge will institute the full elements of Community Oriented Policing with a goal that through these interactions we can reduce crime and our overall UCC reported violent crimes. With increased civic interactions in the community, coupled with a full roster of active police officers, we can build trust in the community that reduces crime and improves police relations with the citizenry."
"We thank Sen. Toomey and the US Department of Justice for their support and for helping to make the streets of Ambridge a bit safer as result of this grant award.”