The Manassas Police Department stands to gain four new officers under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
According to a White House press release from the Office of the Vice President, the department could receive $766,912 to pay the officers’ salaries and benefits for three years if the city agrees to keep the officers on for a fourth year.
Police Chief John J. Skinner applied for the grant in April with the approval of the city council.
“The city manager informed the city council when I applied for this grant and we made it clear that there was a commitment to retain the officers beyond the first three years of the grant,” Skinner said.
Skinner will soon ask the city council for permission to accept the grant. Manassas Mayor Harry J. “Hal” Parrish said accepting federal money requires careful thinking.
“Anytime you receive grant funding and there’s strings attached, you obviously have to discuss and consider the strings,” Parrish said.
Kudos for Chief Skinner for knowing the money was out there and going after it. Hopefully the City of Manassas Council will approve this plan without further ado. The county has increased violent crime and this phenomena is bound to spill over into the City.
The City was pleasantly surprised. They were hoping for half. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Hopefully, those strings that are attached won’t be too objectional to the City council members. More cops on the street means less crime. Less crime in the City means less crime in the county.