The city of Killeen is making a push to add 10 police officers to patrol its streets.

The City Council will vote today on accepting a 2010 Community Oriented Policing (COPS) Hiring Program Grant and hold a public hearing about adjusting its budget for the additional money.

The U.S. Department of Justice COPS program gives $1,806,230 to the city to hire the officers, providing enough for three years of salary and benefits.  Killeen must commit to paying for the positions at least a year after the grants ends, according to the council’s agenda packet.

Residents will be able to speak at the public hearing concerning adding the grant revenue and expenditures adjustments that will increase revenue and expenditures in this year’s budget by $541,310.

by Anthony Scott – Killeen Daily Herald