The D.C. police department will hire five police officers in part using funds from a federal government program, the department announced.

The $625,000 grant, part of the Job Corps program, will pay for nearly half the salaries of five new officers for three years. The officers will be veterans who were on active duty for at least 180 days since Sept. 11, 2001.

The officers will be in addition to those previously planned to be hired by the department, according to a police spokeswoman.

“Our veterans deserve good jobs and our residents deserve safe streets – and this grant helps achieve both,” said Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) in a statement.

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