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Edinburg Police Department swears in new officers

The city of Edinburg now has 11 brand new police officers patrolling the city's streets.

The city of Edinburg now has 11 brand new police officers patrolling the city's streets.

Four of these new cops are filling in new positions thanks to a federal grant from the United States Justice Department Community Oriented Policing Services.

The grant the Edinburg Police Department received is also known as a C.O.P. Grant, which helps grow community policing efforts, according the Justice Department. The grant will pay for a portion of some of the newly sworn-in police officers.

Edinburg police Chief David White says the addition of new officers is a response to more people calling Edinburg home.

"As [new Edinburg residents] start building new rooftops, people coming into our city, more business coming into our city, the department has to grow just like any department," White said.

The three-year grant will end in 2019. The city will continue to pay for anyone hired while the grant is in place.

Newly elected Edinburg mayor and former Edinburg police officer Richard Molina said he helped the city sign up for the grant while he was a city councilman.

"That's why we're very pro-police oriented because we've been out there and we know the type of funding they need for different programs," Molina said.

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