PORTLAND, Maine — Four Maine communities will be able to hire resource police officers thanks to a grant from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Thomas Delahanty II announced Monday that the Department of Justice and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services will award more than $650,000 to Auburn, Mexico, Hampden and Topsham.

The grants are part of more than $125 million awarded nationwide to 263 municipalities.

Auburn will receive $250,000 for two officers, Mexico will receive $156,071 for one officer, Hampden will receive $125,000 for one officer and Topsham will receive $125,000 for one officer.

The Community Oriented Policing Services program offers grants to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies to hire or rehire police officers.

Grantees for the 2013 hiring program were selected based on their fiscal needs, local crime rates and community policing plans. There was an additional focus this year on agencies requesting assistance in developing school safety programs that would include the hiring of a school resource officer.

School resource officer positions funded by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services are sworn law enforcement positions that work within a school district or facility, interacting directly with school administrators and students.

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