Nov. 18—SALEM, N.H. — The police department can hire a new officer thanks to a highly sought federal contribution of $125,000.
The justice department on Thursday awarded a total of $139 million for nationwide law enforcement hiring and to advance community policing.
The awards provide direct funding to 183 agencies across the country, allowing a collective 1,066 full-time law enforcement professionals to be hired.
Salem is one of three New Hampshire towns included. The others are Epping, given $125,000 to hire one officer, and Groveton, a municipality bordering northern Vermont that will hire two officers with $250,000.
Salem police Chief Joel Dolan said his department has applied for this particular funding several times in recent years but was denied.
“It’s a very competitive process,” Dolan explained. “New Hampshire has normally only received (up to) four awards, and there are typically 16 to 18 towns that apply.”
This time around,…