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.
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The Biden administration confirmed that it is considering shutting down an oil pipeline in Michigan despite the ongoing fuel crisis in the country.
“Revoking the permits for the [Line 5] pipeline that delivers oil from western Canada across Wisconsin, the Great Lakes and Michigan and into Ontario, would please environmentalists who have urged the White House to block fossil fuel infrastructure, but it would aggravate a rift with Canada and could exacerbate a spike in energy prices that Republicans are already using as a political weapon,” Politico Pro reported. “Killing a pipeline while U.S. gasoline prices are the highest in years could be political poison for Biden, who has seen his approval rating crash in recent months.”
Fox News reporter Peter Doocy asked about the report during Monday’s press briefing, asking, “why is the administration now considering shutting down the Line 5 pipeline from Canada to Michigan?”
“So, Peter, that is inaccurate,” Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre claimed. “That is not right. So, any reporting indicating that some decision has been made, again, is not accurate. … So, again, I would — it is inaccurate what you just stated, but —”
“What’s inaccurate?” Doocy asked.
“The reporting about us wanting to shut down the Line 5,” Jean-Pierre said.
“I didn’t say ‘wanting.’ I said, is it being studied right now? Is the administration studying the impact of shutting down the Line 5?”
“Yeah. Yes, we are. We are,” Jean-Pierre admitted.
DOOCY: "Is the administration studying the impact of shutting down the Line 5?"
JEAN-PIERRE: "Yes we are." pic.twitter.com/V5XKhgcmAJ
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) November 8, 2021
The news comes as gas prices have reached their highest since 2014, when Biden was vice president, and are currently about 50% higher than they were when Biden entered office.
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