WASHINGTON – The City of Orange was awarded a grant of $224,263 through the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program, under the Department of Justice’s COPS program to help hire additional officers for community policing and homeland security efforts, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn announced Friday.

The funding will go directly to law enforcement agencies to hire additional law enforcement personnel to increase and strengthen their community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts.

“COPS plays a crucial role in helping make our communities safe,” Sen. Cornyn said. “This funding will provide local law enforcement in Orange with the financial resources to hire more personnel in order to bolster emergency response and overall efforts to crack down on crime.”

COPS grants provide 100 percent funding for approved entry-level salaries and benefits for three years for newly-hired, full-time sworn officer positions.

Sen. Cornyn serves on the Finance, Judiciary, Agriculture and Budget Committees. He serves as the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee’s Immigration, Refugees and Border Security subcommittee. He served previously as Texas Attorney General, Texas Supreme Court Justice, and Bexar County District Judge.