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Congressman Cuellar announced $6,319,726 in federal funds to hire police officers and improve law enforcement mental health in San Antonio. The funds were provided by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Service (COPS) Hiring Program and the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act (LEMHWA) Program.
Specifically, the City of San Antonio will use $6,250,000 from the COPS Hiring Program to hire 50 officers, and $69,726 from the LEMHWA Program to improve delivery and access to mental health and wellness services for law enforcement.
The COPS Hiring Program provides our local law enforcement agencies with the resources they need to protect our communities, and the LEMHWA Program ensures they have access to mental health care. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. Cuellar worked hard to keep both these programs fully funded and you can see the results of that today right here in San Antonio.
He stands with the men and women in blue and will continue to provide them with the resources they need to do their jobs well. Congressman Cuellar would like to thank his fellow Appropriator, Congressman Tony Gonzales, San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg, City Manager Erik Walsh, Chief of Police William McManus, and all his colleagues in the San Antonio Congressional Delegation for working with him to secure these federal dollars.
To learn more about the COPS Hiring Program and the LEMHWA Program, click here.