The Sidney Police Department will receive a grant of $36,945 to develop, implement, and maintain a new physical fitness standard for applicants to improve the recruitment and retention of female officers.
This funding was made available as a part of the new Ohio Law Enforcement Recruitment Grant Program. This new grant program was a included in the state's 2022-2023 operating budget, which was passed by the Ohio General Assembly last year. Administered by the Ohio Office of Law Enforcement Recruitment, the grant program totals $1 million over the biennium, with the remaining funds to be offered in fiscal year 2023.
In addition to Sidney, law enforcement agencies in Clark, Franklin, Greene, Hamilton, Logan, Lucas, Mahoning, Medina, Montgomery, and Summit counties will receive grants as part of the first round of funding.