The Justice DepartmentT announced on Thursday that it would give $139 million to U.S. police departments as part of a grant program that would allow for more than 1,000 new officers.
The grant funding comes through the Justice Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and will be awarded to 183 law enforcement agencies across the country and in U.S. territories. The funding is intended to assist police departments in reducing crime and encouraging community policing.
“We are committed providing police departments with the resources required to help ensure community safety. We also want to build community trust.” Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement.
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The grant awards are coming as police departments across the U.S. face increasing pressure. Budget reductionsWith cities facing rising costs, The coronavirus pandemic and national calls to reduce police funding in favor of spending more money on social services. Several police agencies have also delayed or canceled police academy classes, which is likely to leave a number of jobs unfilled as other officers retire.
Law enforcement agencies across the country experienced a wave of retirementsAnd departures and are Recruiting is difficult the next generation of police officers since George Floyd was murdered at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis in May 2020, sparking Massive protests against police brutality and inequity across the country. In the midst of the national reckoning about policing communities have been asking themselves who should be a member of the police force today.
According to the Justice Department, it received almost 600 applications from police departments from nearly every state and U.S. Territory. The grant requires that the money be used to hire additional officers, other than those who would normally be hired using a police department’s operating budget.
The money is given directly to police and sheriff’s departments to hire the new law enforcement officers. The Justice Department says half of the agencies plan to use the money “to focus on building legitimacy and trust between law enforcement and communities,” while others will use it to build mental health programs or focus on violent crime — a Justice Department priority.
The money will be provided to both small and large police departments. The grant will fund 50 additional officers in San Francisco and Chicago, Cincinnati, Cincinnati, and Houston. New Orleans, Cleveland, St. Paul, Minnesota, and St. Paul would each get 30 new officers. Smaller forces also receive a few additional officers.
The Justice Department reported that 1,066 officers were funded in total for a total cost $139,232.523,
Besides funds for hiring, Justice Department policing grants also provide funding for local, state and tribal law enforcement agencies to enhance community policing, in which agencies use relationships with community leaders to establish dialogues about needs and identify residents’ concerns.
Source: Fox News