HOBBS, N.M. (AP) – A booming southeastern New Mexico city facing a police officer shortage is getting some help from the U.S. Department of Justice.
The Hobbs News-Sun reports that the city of Hobbs announced this week it was awarded a $625,000 federal grant to hire new officers.
Hobbs Police Chief Chris McCall says the grant will help the force grow by five officers.
According to the Department of Justice, more than $107 million will be nationally awarded to local law enforcement through the COPS Hiring Program.
In addition to the Hobbs Police Department’s grant, the Las Cruces Police Department was awarded $1,125,000 to fund nine officers, while the Pueblo of Laguna Tribal Police Department received $171,987 to fund two.
A number of New Mexico law enforcement agencies have been struggling with shortages.