City of Dayton to receive $1.8 million grant to hire 15 police officers

Dayton Police Department

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The City of Dayton is planning to accept a $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice at Wednesday night’s commission meeting.

The $1.8 million will go toward hiring 15 new Dayton police officers. The grant is part of the Justice Department’s C.O.P.S. Hiring Program.

The money will pay for 75 percent of each entry level salary for the next three years. Expanding community policing has been one of the city’s main priorities. On top of the 15 new hires, they also plan to hire additional officers with money coming in from an income tax increase, which Dayton voters approved last week.

The Issue 9 tax increase goes into effect in January.

The Dayton City Commission is scheduled to accept the grant at Wednesday night’s meeting. 2 NEWS will be there will let you know what happens. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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