Rhode Island law enforcement gets over $1.2 million in Justice Department grants | USAO-RI

PROVIDENCE – United States Attorney Zachary A. Cunha today announced that the City of Central Falls has received nearly $1.2 in grants through the Bureau’s Police Employment Program (CHP) from the Department of Justice’s Community Policing Services (COPS Office), and that the Rhode Island Department of Public Safety received $84,187 in support of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program.

Central Falls is one of 180 law enforcement agencies across the country selected to share $139 million in direct COPS funding to hire additional law enforcement professionals. $84,187 Department of Justice Bureau of Justice PSN Program Support Award at Rhode Island Department of Public Safety Supports Community Efforts to Address Weapons Crime Epidemic fire and serious violence in the district.

“As law enforcement agencies across the country continue to experience recruitment and retention challenges, we are proud to provide these resources to help alleviate the challenges facing the profession,” said the director. Acting COPS Office Robert Chapman in announcing CHP grants to increase the number of officers on the street.

Announcing the NHP grants, Office of Justice Programs Deputy Assistant Attorney General Maureen Henneberg said, “Reducing violence and sustaining these reductions will require strong partnerships between criminal justice agencies and community stakeholders. and a shared commitment to the safety and well-being of each community. member,” said OJP Assistant Deputy Attorney General Maureen Henneberg. “The investments we are making through the Safe Neighborhoods Project will enable every stakeholder to play a role in building safer and healthier communities.

“These grants support two critical aspects of the Department of Justice’s efforts to keep our community safe and effective law enforcement, by funding targeted efforts to address gun crime and by promoting a effective and responsive policing that responds to the needs and conditions of the community,” U.S. Attorney Cunha said. “The Department is proud to partner with local law enforcement in these vital efforts.”

COPS hiring program

The CHP is a competitive award program designed to reduce crime and advance public safety through community policing. The CHP provides funding directly to law enforcement agencies to hire new or rehire additional police officers and career assistants to enhance their community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts. Of the 180 agencies that received grants today, nearly half will use the funding to focus on building legitimacy and trust between law enforcement and communities; 30 agencies will seek to address high rates of gun violence; 26 will focus on other areas of violence; and 28 will focus CHP resources on countering hate and domestic extremism or supporting police responses to people in crisis. The full list of rewards is available here.

To learn more about the CHP, please visit https://cops.usdoj.gov/chp-award. For more information about the COPS office, please visit https://cops.usdoj.gov/.

The PSC Office is the federal component of the Department of Justice responsible for advancing community policing nationwide. The only Department of Justice agency with policing in its name, the COPS Office was established in 1994 and has been the cornerstone of the National Crime Strategy with grants, a variety of resource products from knowledge, as well as training and technical assistance. Over the years, the PSC Office has become the go-to organization for law enforcement agencies across the country and continues to listen to the ground and provide the resources needed to reduce crime and build trust. between law enforcement and the communities served.

Safe Neighborhoods Project

Launched two decades ago as an evidence-based, community-driven response to serious gun crime, the Safe Neighborhoods Project, known as PSN, is a key part of the overall strategy of the Department for the Reduction of Violent Crime, presented by the Deputy Attorney General of Monaco in May 2021. The PSN approach is guided by four key principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities; support community organizations that help prevent violence in the first place; establish targeted and strategic enforcement priorities; and measure the results of our efforts. The fundamental goal is to reduce violent crime, not simply to increase the number of arrests or prosecutions.

PSN programs are run by US Attorneys’ offices in conjunction with local public safety agencies and community organizations. The programs’ emphasis on community engagement, prevention and response measures, targeted and strategic enforcement, and measurement and accountability has contributed to an overall reduction in violent crime, including homicide by firearm, in neighborhoods where PSN strategies have been implemented.

The Office of Justice Programs provides federal leadership, grants, training, technical assistance and other resources to improve the nation’s ability to prevent and reduce crime, advance racial equity in the administration of justice, help victims and strengthen the rule of law. For more information about OJP and its components, visit www.ojp.gov.


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