CEDAR LAKE | The town has a tight time schedule to apply for the latest Community Oriented Policing grant made available by the federal government.
The Town Council told acting Police Chief Jerry Smith to go ahead with the application process, which must be completed before the end of the month. The U. S. Department of Justice is making money available with stipulations attached, Smith told the council.
The grant money must go toward hiring a veteran or a school resource officer.
St. John town officials received the grant last year and partnered with Lake Central School Corp. and other communities to hire a school resource officer for Lake Central High School.
St. John and Lake Station were the only two Lake County communities to be awarded the grant last year, Smith said.
“It’s highly competitive,” he said. Cedar Lake will be applying with an eye to hiring a veteran.
This particular grant extends for three years and involves a 75-25 match, meaning that under the terms of the grant the town would be required to pay 25 percent of the officer’s salary.