HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — Huntsville, Alabama, will be the first city in the nation to get a $2 million investment to upgrade its police department.
The Huntsville Police Department has invested $1.6 million in the city’s police department to expand its response time, training and equipment.
The city is also getting a $1 million grant from the federal government to hire new officers, according to the mayor’s office.
The money is being used to improve the department’s training and training equipment.
“This is a very important step in the search for more effective, efficient, and responsive police services,” Mayor Paul Soglin said.
“We are making significant progress in the department and are committed to making it even better.”
The mayor announced the grant on Thursday.
It’s the first of its kind in Alabama, according a press release from the mayor.
In addition to the grant, the city has been awarded $2.5 million to expand training, equipment and other resources.
Soglin has also hired former police officer, Scott Clements, to help with the search.
Clements will work as Huntsville’s chief operations officer, and will report to the police chief.
Police are looking for about 60 new officers.
The mayor said the hiring spree is intended to create more manpower and improve the efficiency of the department.