DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — After struggling to hire officers for its police force, the Dothan Police Department is close to being fully staffed.

During the past months, the city has made major strides in hiring officers, and officials believe they will have all 181 police positions filled in a month. Officials believe that a new grant from the U.S. Department of Justice could help increase the force to 191 officers by October 1st.

That grant would provide funds to hire six police officers over a three-year period. These officers will be reaching out to neighborhoods and being visible within the community, all part of the community policing programs.

“We have demonstrated a lot of measures over the last couple of years to make sure we are fully staffed,” Mayor of Dothan, Mark Saliba. “We cannot let crime get ahold of the city of Dothan.”

The city also approved a grant from the Department of Homeland Security to be used for equipment for the bomb squad and accepted funds to purchase body armor like bulletproof vests.