Bay Area municipalities will receive almost $71 million to hire or retain 177 police officers under the federal economic stimulus program.

The grants provide officers' salary and benefits for three years, and grant recipients must then retain the grant-funded positions for at least a fourth year.

Oakland will receive $19.7 million for 41 officers — the largest dollar amount of any U.S. locality, and more than most states' individual allocations under the Community Oriented Policing Services, or COPS, grant program. It's the most Oakland could have received under a federal formula that capped the grants at 50 officers or 5 percent of a department's authorized strength; 41 is 5 percent of Oakland's 803-officer authorized strength.

The cap was enacted because 7,200 local governments across the nation had applied for grants totaling $8.3 billion when only $1 billion was available. Oakland initially had sought $67 million for 140 officers.

Other California cities receiving large grants included San Francisco, which will get $16.6 million for 50 officers, and Los Angeles, which will receive $16.3 million for 50 officers. Other sizable Bay Area grants include Stockton, at $7.9 million for 20 officers; the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office, at $5.1 million for 17 officers; Hayward, at $4 million for nine officers; Richmond, at $3.8 million for eight officers; Vallejo, at $2.2 million for six officers; and Antioch, at $2.1 million for six officers.


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The COPS grants were included in the $787 billion economic stimulus bill President Barack Obama signed into law earlier this year. Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced $1 billion granted to 1,046 law enforcement agencies in all 50 states Tuesday in Philadelphia; 4,699 officers will be hired or will keep their jobs with this money.

"A big part of the Recovery Act is about building communities — making them as strong as they can be, allowing every American family to live a better life than the one they are leading now," Biden said in a news release. "And we can't achieve the goal of stronger communities without supporting those who keep our streets safe."

In addition to today's COPS awards, the Justice Department to date has awarded $1.7 billion through formula state and local Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants; $95 million through the Victims of Crime Act Formula Grant Program; $41.5 million for Internet Crimes Against Children initiatives; $127 million in Office on Violence Against Women Recovery Act funds; and $8.6 million for assistance for law enforcement along the Southern Border and in high intensity drug trafficking areas.

Police funding
Federal stimulus money to hire police officers (selected Bay Area cities). In California, $211.2 million was split among 109 agencies to hire 649 officers.

Agency Funding Officers
Antioch $2,078,988 6
East Palo Alto $799,844 2
Emeryville $913,576 2
Fairfield $1,556,205 5
Gilroy $1,160,418 3
Hayward $4,032,027 9
Manteca $1,479,340 4
Oakland $19,747,117 41
Pittsburg $758,096 2
Richmond $3,819,952 8
San Francisco $16,562,750 50
San Joaquin
County Sheriff $5,118,326 17
San Pablo $980,127 3
Stockton $7,932,160 20
Suisun City $319,603 1
Union City $1,494,992 4
Vallejo $2,177,436 6

Police funding
Federal stimulus money to hire police officers (selected Bay Area cities). In California, $211.2 million was split among 109 agencies to hire 649 officers.

Agency Funding Officers
Antioch $2,078,988 6
East Palo Alto $799,844 2
Emeryville $913,576 2
Fairfield $1,556,205 5
Gilroy $1,160,418 3
Hayward $4,032,027 9
Manteca $1,479,340 4
Oakland $19,747,117 41
Pittsburg $758,096 2
Richmond $3,819,952 8
San Francisco $16,562,750 50
San Joaquin County Sheriff $5,118,326 17
San Pablo $980,127 3
Stockton $7,932,160 20
Suisun City $319,603 1
Union City $1,494,992 4
Vallejo $2,177,436 6