With the addition of this position, it will increase the Lake Ozark Police Department from 12 to 13 full-time officers.

The Lake Ozark Police Department received notification from the U.S. Dept. of Justice that it was successful in being awarded a grant through the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) for one additional officer position under the 2017 COPS Hiring Program.

The amount awarded is $108,733 from federal funds with a city's responsibility of $36,244. These funds will cover the costs of salary and benefits for one officer over a three-year period. The city is required to maintain that position for at least one year after the expiration of the three-year grant period. 

The Police Department submitted the application in early July and just received notification this week. According to the COPS website, 179 departments across the country were awarded funds for a total of 802 new officer positions for a total of $98,495,397. In Missouri, 27 departments applied with only three receiving awarded funding -- Kansas City, St. Louis Metropolitan Police and Lake Ozark.

With the addition of this position, it will increase the Lake Ozark Police Department from 12 to 13 full-time officers.