Pinellas Receives Federal Grant for Officer Safety, Wellness
The grants are designed to advance crime fighting, community engagement, problem solving, or organizational changes to support community policing. Pinellas County is one of three entities in the Middle District of Florida to receive an award.
TAMPA – The U.S. Department of Justice announced $2.2 million in grant funding to law enforcement agencies and stakeholders through the Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Community Policing Development Microgrants Program.
COPS Office Director Phil Keith announced 29 awards with award amounts ranging from $15,090 to $100,000. In the Middle District of Florida, three agencies received awards:
- Pinellas County ($90,870) for a Pinellas Officer Safety and Wellness Project
- Flagler County Sheriff’s Office ($92,501) for the Flagler County Recruitment, Hiring, and Retention Project
- city of Orlando ($16,800) for an Orlando Officer Safety and Wellness Project
“Micro investments in innovative projects such as these, now, can pay huge dividends to agencies and communities in the future,” said U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez, who oversees the Middle District of Florida. “We applaud the forward-thinking of our Middle District agencies and their leaders, and thank the COPS Office for their continued support.”
Keith said, “The CPD Microgrants Program is a critical resource to advance innovative community policing projects across the country. These strategic investments from the COPS Office pay huge dividends to state and local law enforcement agencies and the communities that they serve.”
CPD Microgrants Program funds are used to develop the capacity of local, state, and tribal law enforcement agencies to implement community policing strategies. Applicants were invited to propose demonstration or pilot projects to be implemented in their agency that offer creative ideas to advance crime fighting, community engagement, problem solving, or organizational changes to support community policing in one of these areas:
- Human Trafficking
- Meeting Rural Law Enforcement Challenges
- Officer Safety and Wellness
- Recruitment, Hiring, and Retention
- School Safety
- Staffing and Allocation Studies
- Victim-Centered Approaches
- Violent Crime
- Youth Engagement
Funding through this program is available for the first time since 2018, following the successful removal of a nationwide injunction. These awards are being announced at a critical time for our country, when community policing strategies are very much needed to improve police and community relations.
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