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Federal grant to pay for deputies

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- New Hanover County is getting some more law enforcement officers thanks to a federal grant.

The Sheriff's Office is getting more than $1.3 million through the US Department of Justice's Community Oriented Policing Services, or COPS, program.

The grant provides 100 percent of of approved salary and benefits for entry level officers for three years. The DOJ says the money will pay for eight new deputies.

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It just amazes me that

It just amazes me that people complain about money going to law enforcement. The 54K (which is not starting salary for a cop around here) that they make is nothing considering they are putting their lives on the line for us daily. Next time you need a cop/deputy call your local crack head and see what kind of quality service you receive.

So...

what happens when the grant money runs out, which it will at the end of three years. I find it interesting the money comes from COPS. With the City annexing more and more land, there's less and less for the Sheriff's Department to patrol.

For what it's worth, this amounts to $54166.66/per year per deputy. Is the annual cost per deputy including benefits $54k? Just asking.

I'm sure that money not only

I'm sure that money not only goes to hiring new deputies but to outfitting them as well