Watertown PD will be adding three new officers with help of federal COPS grant  (Audio)

July 20, 2020
Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.—Watertown’s police force will be expanding by three additional officers next year thanks to a three year, $375,000 federal COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) grant.

Police Chief Lee McPeek told the city council Monday night that their grant application was approved June 25th.

He says three additional officers will get the department adequately staffed…

McPeek was asked what roles these three new officers will fill……

The vote to accept the COPS grant and the three new officers that will come with it was unanimous, but Councilman Glen Vilhauer says other city departments with needs are watching…

The grant requires the three additional officers to remain on the police department staff at least four years, with that fourth year coming entirely at the city’s expense.

Hear the entire discussion on this issue from Monday night’s city council meeting by clicking below: