Cortland Police Department gets $125,000 grant to improve police-community relations


CORTLAND, N.Y. — The Cortland Police Department is one of 184 law enforcement agencies across the country to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Justice to improve police-community relations.

On Friday, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced that $119 million in grant funding would be awarded to various police departments with the goal of "creating, or in some cases protecting, more than 900 law enforcement positions."

The $125,000 in grant funding awarded to the Cortland Police Department will be used to hire one officer to increase community engagement and crime prevention efforts.

The funding was awarded through the Justice Department's Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program.