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Star For Immediate Release
September 27, 2013

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US Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Announces Awards for Innovative Policing Projects

More than $8.5 million awarded to sponsor projects that promote community policing, innovative problem solving and stronger partnerships.

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) today announced awards totaling more than $8.5 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 2013, the program funded projects related to a number of public safety topic areas, including Community Policing Enhancement, Ethics and Integrity, Child and Youth Safety, and Police Operations.

“The Community Policing Development program assists law enforcement in the development and sharing of best practices,” said COPS Acting Director Joshua Ederheimer. “These projects are broad in topic, ranging from homeland security training and working with communities of color, to homicide reduction and the protection of drug-endangered children. And the grantees selected have an opportunity to shape their local success story into a national model that assists public safety on the broadest level.”

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 application topic.

The COPS Office is a federal agency responsible for advancing community policing nationwide. Since 1995, COPS has awarded over $14 billion to advance community policing, including grants awarded to more than 13,000 state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to fund the hiring and redeployment of approximately 125,000 officers and provide a variety of knowledge resource products including publications, training, and technical assistance.

To learn more about the Community Policing Development grant program and review the full list of accepted applications for 2013, please visit