Madison Police Department doesn’t get grant to hire additional officers

Madison Police Department doesn’t get grant to hire additional officers

The Madison Police Department will not be awarded a federal grant to help pay for 15 additional officers, but La Crosse, Rice Lake and Sparta police departments will receive some federal funds.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions awarded grants for nearly 180 law enforcement agencies throughout the country Monday. Madison — hoping for $1.87 million to add 15 officers to its force — was not one of the award recipients.

“Certainly we’re disappointed. We were hopeful to be competitive and historically we have been when it comes to the COPS grants,” said Victor Wahl, assistant chief of Madison PD.

Wahl said he is unaware of what criteria was considered when picking grant winners.

“In terms of selection process and the decision making, that’s something we just don’t know about,” Wahl added.

Madison police are still hoping to add around seven new officers with money set aside in the city budget.

The city was seeking $1.87 million from the $98.5 million federal program in its plan to add 15 police officers. Its recently adopted $314.8 million operating budget for 2018 includes $750,000 for a full local match to the grant funding.

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