Congressman John Garamendi

Representing the 3rd District of California
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Congressman Garamendi Presents $1.55 Million Check to Fairfield, Five Fairfield Police Officers Keep Jobs because of Recovery Act

July 7, 2010
Press Release

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Congressman Garamendi Presents $1.55 Million Symbolic Check to Fairfield Officials to Keep 5 Police Officers on Force. From Left to Right: Congressman John Garamendi, Vice Mayor Chuck Tim, Police Captain Paul Bockraph, City Manager Sean Quinn, Mayor Harry Price

FAIRFIELD, CA – Congressman John Garamendi (D-Walnut Creek, CA) yesterday presented a $1.55 million symbolic check to Fairfield Mayor Harry Price and other local officials to keep five Fairfield police officers patrolling the streets. The funding came from a grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s Department of Justice COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) Hiring Recovery Program (CHRP), designed to preserve public safety as local governments face cutbacks.

"Five police officers are patrolling Fairfield’s streets today, keeping us safe, because of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act," said Congressman Garamendi. "Congress and President Obama understood that in a downturned economy, action was required to preserve public safety and get people back to work. From our police to our schools to our roads, ARRA delivered hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout California, helping to prevent the worst ravages of the Great Recession and setting our economy on a more stable footing."

"This money from the Recovery Act is very important to Fairfield and Solano County," Mayor Price said. "Our city faced the unenviable risk of being forced to lay off five valued police officers, yet they are still on the beat because the City aggressively pursued the COPS grant made available through Congress and the Department of Justice."

Fairfield applied for the CHRP grant last June. It will pay 100 percent of the five police officers’ salaries for three years and 50 percent of their salaries for a fourth year. The grant was competitively awarded based on need and effectiveness assessments.

"I applaud Mayor Price, the Fairfield City Council, the Fairfield Police Department, and the other local leaders who fought for this grant," Garamendi added. "As state and local revenues dry up, the City has been forced to get creative to manage city budgets, and I am glad they are taking advantage of the relief available in federal programs."

Other local municipalities receiving CHRP grants include Oakland ($19.7 million for 41 officers), San Francisco ($ 16.6 million for 50 officers), Richmond ($3.8 million for eight officers). Vallejo ($2.2 million for six officers), and Antioch ($2.1 million for six officers).

Because of the Recovery Act and other jobs bills, in the past seven months, more jobs have been created than in the entire eight years of the Bush Administration. It is estimated that the Recovery Act is responsible for 2.8 million jobs nationwide.