By Mike DeNardo

CAMDEN, N.J., (CBS) — A federal grant is helping the new police force in Camden to put more officers on the beat.

A three-year, $2.3 million grant from the feds will allow the Camden County Police force to hire ten more officers. The county applied for, and received a Community Oriented Police Services, or COPS grant, says Freeholder Director Lou Cappelli.

“These officers will be put on the streets. They’ll be walking neighborhoods, targeting heavy crime areas, targeting areas where there’s been a lot of gun activity. So these ten officers make a significant difference,” Cappelli said.

The county police force started May 1st. Cappelli says once the ten officers are hired and trained, the Metro Police Division patrolling Camden will be up to 411 officers strong.

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