Friday September 27, 2013
Louisville gets money to place five more
school resource officers in schools
The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) today announced funding awards to 263 cities and counties, aimed at creating 937 law enforcement positions including five new school safety officers in Louisville. More than $125 million will be awarded nationally, including nearly $45 million to fund 356 new school resource officer positions.
The list of this year’s grantees includes Oakland, Sacramento, and Alameda County, CA; Houston, TX; Hartford, CT; Des Moines, IA; Milwaukee, WI; Richland County and Charleston, SC; Louisville, KY; Akron, OH; Seattle, WA and more.
For Louisville, a COPS grant of $625,000 will be used by the Louisville Metro Police Department to add an additional five school resource officers in the Jefferson County Public Schools.
“This is great news for our community and the safety of our children,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “The LMPD will use this COPS funding to add five new school resource officers to the 12 they already provide in our public schools. Learning is critical to the future of our young people and our city and ensuring that they can learn in a safe and secure environment is super important. We are already working with JCPS to determine which schools are best candidates for adding these additional officers.”
“The COPS Office is pleased to assist local law enforcement agencies throughout the country address their most critical public safety issues,” said Joshua Ederheimer, Acting Director of the COPS Office. “Funding from this year’s program will allow many cities and counties to apply new sworn personnel to issues related to violent crime, property crime, and school safety.”
The COPS Hiring Program offers grants to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies to hire or rehire community policing officers. The program provides the salary and benefits for officer and deputy hires for three years.
Grantees for the 2013 hiring program were selected based on their fiscal needs, local crime rates, and their community policing plans. There was an additional focus this year on agencies requesting assistance in developing school safety programs that would include the hiring of a school resource officer. School resource officer positions funded by the COPS Office are sworn law enforcement positions that work within a school district or facility, interacting directly with school administrators and students.
“The Administration put a focus on school safety at the start of this year and we’ve worked to coordinate a program that offers valuable resources to assist local law enforcement in these efforts and many others,” stated Ederheimer.
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.
For the entire list of grantees and additional information about the 2013 COPS Hiring Program, visit the COPS website at www.cops.usdoj.gov.