CONCORD, N.H. — Police departments in three New Hampshire communities are sharing $500,000 in federal funds from the Department of Justice to retain and hire positions in community policing.

Lebanon is receiving $250,000, and Farmington and Laconia both are getting $125,000.

In Farmington, Police Chief John Drury says the grant should guarantee at least four more years of providing a school resource officer to help students, faculty and others discuss drug addiction and other subjects.

The grants were announced Thursday by Democratic Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan.

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