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Star For Immediate Release
August 2, 2012

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U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Announces Awards for Innovative Policing Projects

More than $6.5 million awarded to sponsor projects that promote community policing, innovative problem solving and stronger partnerships

Washington, D.C. (August 2, 2012) - The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) today announced awards totaling more than $6.5 million under the Community Policing Development grant program, which funds a broad range of projects intended to advance community policing practices.

The Community Policing Development program supports innovative community policing strategies, applied research, guidebooks, and best practices designed to be national in scope.  For 2012, the program funded projects related to a number of public safety topic areas, including policing in a new economy, ethics and integrity, child and youth safety, and police practices.  Additional topics included community policing enhancement and officer safety and wellness.

"The programs funded through the Community Policing Development awards offer the unique opportunity to not only assist local agencies in their efforts, but also provide best practices to be delivered on the national level," said COPS Director Bernard K. Melekian.  "These are projects that can impact the entire practice of policing."

The Community Policing Development solicitation was open to all public governmental agencies, profit and non-profit institutions, universities, community groups and faith-based organizations. Accepted proposals were of national relevance, designed to significantly advance the field of community policing, and demonstrated an understanding of community policing as it pertains to the specific application topic area.

To learn more about the Community Policing Development grant program and review the full list of accepted applications for 2012, please visit