September 11, 2003
Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) today awarded $23 million in grants to support the national network of 31 Regional Community Policing Institutes (RCPI) and the Community Policing Consortium (CPC). The COPS RCPIs are strategically located throughout the country to address the community policing and crime prevention training needs of law enforcement agencies and communities in all 50 states. The CPC is a Washington, D.C. based group comprised of five leading national law enforcement organizations: the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Police Executive Research Forum, the National Sheriffs' Association, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, and the Police Foundation. These organizations combine their expertise to deliver innovative training and technical assistance to law enforcement and communities.
The grants awarded today will be used by the RCPIs to administer training programs that enhance integrity practices and policies within law enforcement agencies, further trust and cooperation between police and citizens, and emphasize homeland security and emergency response planning. Since the RCPIs were created in 1997, 210,000 law enforcement personnel, community members, and government leaders have been trained. The CPC will use its funds to continue the delivery of community engagement training and technical assistance, in addition to several national programs that will benefit law enforcement executives throughout the country.
"As the nation's law enforcement agencies seek more effective methods for protecting our citizens from crime and the threat of terrorism, adequate training is of vital importance. The funds awarded today will provide police and sheriffs' departments in every region of the country with access to innovative training and technical assistance resources that have been developed to address the specific challenges of that region," said Attorney General John Ashcroft.
"9-11 and other recent events have taught America that we can be more effective fighting crime and preventing terrorism when law enforcement and other sectors are prepared to work together to ensure our collective safety," said COPS Director Carl R. Peed. "The Regional Community Policing Institutes and the Community Policing Consortium are excellent resources for training that emphasize collaborative partnerships and mutual trust between police and the public."