A new federal grant has been awarded to Akron to help with public safety.
The Akron Police Department will receive a nearly $180,000 Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) from the Bureau of Justice Assistance.
Bill Holland from the Summit County Sheriff's Office and Lori Pesci from the Summit County Emergency Management Agency also worked with the City and applied for the same grant and will receive nearly $40,000 from the JAG program.
In a written statement, Akron Police Chief James Nice explained that the funding will used to continue hot spot enforcement, equipment and training.
Mayor Don Plusquellic will be meeting today (Friday) in Washington with the Community-Oriented Policing program (COPS).
The city is currently waiting on a grant request from the COPS program of $5.7 million for the hiring of 32 new officers.