CONYERS – Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04), a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, announced today that the Conyers Police Department is receiving more than $440,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services or COPS.

The grants will be used to fund four additional officers in Conyers.

“The COPS Hiring Grant Program is a cornerstone of the federal effort to support state and local law enforcement,” said Johnson. “These grants enable our state and local government partners to hire the public safety officers needed to protect our citizens. I’m pleased to fight for this important program and see it pay dividends in our community.”

Conyers Police Chief Gene Wilson expressed his thanks for the grant.

“We are very happy that we received the grant and felt that we had a strong presentation in our application,” Wilson said. “We look forward to putting the funds to good use within the city of Conyers community.”

During his tenure in Congress, Rep. Johnson has worked in a bipartisan fashion to prevent massive cuts to the COPS Hiring Program (CHP), which is designed to reduce crime and advance public safety through community policing by providing direct support to state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies nationwide.

Since 1995, the COPS program has invested more than $220 million in Georgia law enforcement agencies, which was used to hire more than 2,700 officers and provide more than $30 million in technology upgrades.

Conyers was one of six Georgia law enforcement agencies to receive COPS grants in 2017. Thirty-two agencies in the state applied for the grants. Departments receiving grants were Atlanta, Clarke County, Conyers, Dublin, Marietta and Swainsboro. The total amount received in Georgia was $5,190,526.

The recent funding is part of more than $98 million awarded nationwide to hire more than 800 officers. CHP funding supports the hiring of career law enforcement officers to increase an agency’s community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts.

Senior Reporter

Born and raised in Decatur, Ga. Graduated from Shorter College in Rome, Ga. in 1979 with B.A. in Communications. Worked in community newspapers for 26 years. Started at Rockdale Citizen/Newton Citizen in January 2016.