DOJ Awards $2.2 Million To Agencies Across the US for ‘Innovative Community Policing Projects’
In a push to encourage local police and government agencies across the nation to assist in proposing community policing ideas, the Department of Justice is awarding 29 departments for their proposals through the Community Policing Development Microgrants Program.
The different agencies will receive between $15,000 and $100,000 for their ideas on community involvement in fighting human trafficking, school safety, violent crime, and other issues.
Community Oriented Policing Services Office Director Phil Keith called the program a “critical resource to advance innovative community policing projects.”
Keith said the grant awards are a “strategic investment” and pay “huge dividends” to the state and local departments as well as the communities they are tasked with serving.
The push for community solutions to crime follows the demands of protestors in the wake of George Floyd’s tragic death. Cities such as Minneapolis have voted to utilize community police instead of traditional forces for some calls. Former Vice President Joe Biden even called for a $300 million increase in police department funding to “reinvigorate community policing.”
The DOJ seems to recognize the demand for policing alternatives and thus funded the program and now have 29 different proposals from the “Phoenix Youth Engagement Project” to the “Narragansett Crisis Intervention Training Project.”
“These awards are being announced at a critical time for our country, when community policing strategies are very much needed to improve police and community relations,” read the DOJ press release.