Centerville Police Chief Tom Demry issued a press release Tuesday confirming his department was awarded $173,842 to hire one entry-level police officer. He said the money was from a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and would be enough to pay the salary and benefits for a three-year period for the officer.

The Centerville Police Department joins Des Moines, Waterloo, Davenport and Burlington as the only departments to receive the money.

"As a result of this award the police department will begin the process of reinstating the school resource officer that was lost a few years ago due to funding issues," Chief Demry said in the release. "This grant will be a great benefit not only to the police department but to the entire community. The entire department is excited with this award and we look forward to hiring a new officer in the very near future."

On July 9, the department received a $16,312 grant from the 2009 Recovery Act, Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Program.

The COPS Hiring Recovery Program grant award was a joint effort between the Centerville Police Department, Appanoose County Sheriff's Office and the South Central Iowa Drug Task Force.

"These funds will be used to update audio/video recording devices in the Law Center as well as place much needed video cameras in patrol cars," Chief Demry said.

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