Shepherdsville to receive COPS officer through stimulus

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By The Staff

SHEPHERDSVILLE - It’s not a shovel-ready project for federal stimulus money but it’s close.

The Shepherdsville Police Department has been awarded a Community-Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant for $183,859.

The funds were part of a $1.25 million program set aside for law enforcement agencies in the Second Congressional District of Kentucky.

U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie announced Shepherdsville’s grant on Tuesday. It is part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s COPS Hiring Recovery Program.

“During this difficult economic time, these grants will provide much needed resources to our local law enforcement,” Guthrie said in a release. “The men and women in our police departments play a critical role in keeping families safe. This funding will enable agencies to create jobs so they have the manpower to fight crime more effectively.”

According to Shepherdsville Police Capt. Ken Bernardi, the city applied for four COPS officers but would have been pleased to have one.

As part of the program, the federal grant will pay for all expenses, including fringe benefits, of a new officer for three years. The city must guarantee to keep the officer for the fourth year.

In anticipation of landing at least one of the positions, Bernardi said the civil service commission recently granted the replenishing of the new hire and lateral transfer list.

“We wanted to be ready to go,” Bernardi said of the grant possibility.

He said the hiring process has started. If everything goes well, the person could have a slot in the August training at the police academy in Richmond.

With the growth of the city, Bernardi said there is always a need for additional officers.