By STEVEN T. DENNIS
Eight new police officers might be on the beat in Washington County as the result of a $545,000 grant from the federal Community Oriented Police Services (COPS) program.
The COPS Universal Hiring Program provides funding for 75 percent of the total salary and benefits for each officer for three years, up to a maximum of $75,000 per officer.
The county has to come up with the other 25 percent, plus the cost of uniforms, cruisers, bullets, bulletproof vests and other supplies, said Sheriff Charles F. Mades. Future budgets will have to reflect those costs, he said.