New COPS Program to Combat Child Sexual Predators
This year, the COPS Office launched a new funding program that aims to reduce child endangerment in America’s communities. COPS will award $10 million in grants to local governments to help locate, arrest, and prosecute child sexual predators and exploiters.
The safety and well-being of America’s children is a primary concern for the COPS Office. The Child Sexual Predator Program (CSPP) will support the use of community policing in protecting children from harm, placing a special emphasis on partnership-based results. Grant money will be awarded to agencies that build strong working relationships with their district United States Attorney’s Office and other relevant community partners.
At the request of the COPS Office, each United States Attorney had been asked to identify law enforcement agencies with particular need for additional resources to apprehend child sexual predators. The COPS Office has invited these agencies to apply and compete for 2-year awards, which will be used to hire personnel, purchase technology or equipment, and conduct training.
Following the completion of the CSPP, the COPS Office plans to develop a best practices document for national distribution. Already available on the web is the Problem-Oriented Guide for Police, Child Pornography on the Internet, which helps to describe, analyze, and respond to this problem. This resource is available for order or download at www.cops.usdoj.gov/ric/ResourceDetail.aspx?RID=27.