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The city of Taylor has received a $500,000 federal grant for its police department to hire four police officers, according to officials.

Taylor Mayor Rick Sollars and U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, announced Monday the grant from the Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services Hiring Program.

The city council must approve the three-year grant, which will require the city to keep the officers for at least a fourth year, Police Chief Mary Sclabassi said.

“My hope is that they are in the department for the long haul ... ” she said. “I’m fully anticipating we’re going to keep them on.”

The police department has 76 sworn police officers, down from 106 in 1994 when Sclabassi joined the department. She said she would ideally like to see the department staffed at between 87 and 90 officers.

The grant will allow the department to focus staff on higher crime areas in the city, Sclabassi said.

“We’ll have a special operations bureau that’s going to help us tackle problems in the city where our patrol officers don’t have time to devote because they are going from call to call to call,” she said.

Sollars said the police funding is a third recent grant awards for the city. The city also recently received approval for a $4.3 million Staffing for Adequate Fire & Safety Emergency Response grant for its firefighters and a $2 million Stormwater, Asset Management and Wastewater grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

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