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NIAGARA FALLS – The Niagara Falls Police Department has received a $208,255 award from the U.S. Justice Department’s COPS Hiring Program, aimed at helping localities defray the costs of recruiting and training new officers, Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, and Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster announced.

“This funding will help the Niagara Falls Police Department make sure they are adequately staffed to best meet the needs of its community,” Higgins said.

The federal money will come over the next three years, with the needing to contribute only $4,167.

Dyster said “the city match is substantially lower than typically required” for such federal grants and he thanked Higgins for ensuring the lower cost to the city.

Niagara Falls is only one of three recipient communities under the program in New York State.