HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The City of Hartford is getting nearly $2 million from the federal government to hire 15 new police officers.

City officials said the new officers would help increase public safety and reduce crime through community policing.

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“This grant allows us to sustain and continue our ongoing aggressive effort to hire and build a strong department that reflects our community,” Mayor Luke Bronin said.

“The Hartford Police Department is out recruiting,” Assistant Police Chief Kenny Howell said. “We are using various methods to recruit, to try our best to get diverse candidates from the city of Hartford.”

Hartford beat out 600 police departments across the country will use the $1.9 million grant from the Department of Justice’s COPS Hiring Progam.