DOJ awards policing grants, announces violence reduction summit in Indy

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Indianapolis will be the host site of a summit next month focused on reducing violent crime nationwide, the U.S. Department of Justice has announced.

The Nov. 6 announcement came on the same day that the DOJ announced the award of almost $7 million in grants to Community Oriented Policing Services programs across Indiana, as part of a national effort to increase the hiring of new law enforcement officers, support school safety and boost community policing programs.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Indiana, DOJ will host a Violent Crime Reduction Summit on Dec. 11-13 in Indianapolis.

Organized by the DOJ’s Office of Justice Programs and Bureau of Justice Assistance, the summit will bring together 1,500 local and federal partners from across the country, including community and law enforcement representatives from Project Safe Neighborhoods and the more than 50 jurisdictions that have participated in the National Public Safety Partnership.

U.S. Attorney Zachary Myers

“I welcome the many dedicated community and law enforcement leaders from across the country to our wonderful city as we work together to reduce violent crime,” Indiana Southern District U.S. Attorney Zachary A. Myers said in a news release. “The work done at this summit will help make our communities safer by sharing interventions and strategies to prevent violence and hold violent criminals accountable.”

The grant funding for Indiana COPS programs — including $2 million awarded to the Indiana State Police as part of its anti-methamphetamine program — comes to a total of $6,689,417 to combat violent crime and maintain public safety.

In addition to the ISP award, specific Indiana recipients and amounts are as follows:

  • COPS Office School Violence Prevention Program, city of Hobart, $500,000.
  • COPS Office School Violence Prevention Program, Lake Station Community Schools, $375,000.
  • COPS Office School Violence Prevention Program, Logansport Community Schools, $478,843.
  • COPS Office School Violence Prevention Program, New Castle Community Schools, $358,132.
  • COPS Office School Violence Prevention Program, Valparaiso Community Schools, $390,000.
  • COPS Office School Violence Prevention Program, Vincennes Police Department, $337,422.
  • COPS Hiring Program, city of Frankfort, $250,000.
  • COPS Hiring Program, Porter County, $125,000.
  • COPS Hiring Program, town of Roseland, $125,000.
  • COPS Hiring Program, Tippecanoe County, $1.25 million.
  • COPS Hiring Program, Vincennes Police Department , $500,000.

U.S. Attorney Clifford Johnson

“These grants will help departments, in my District and throughout the State, address a myriad of issues that undermine public safety, such as violence in schools, illicit methamphetamine activities, and a shortage of law enforcement officers,” Clifford D. Johnson, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, said in a news release. “These grants also exhibit yet another way the Department of Justice provides support to our public safety partners.”

Nationally, the COPS grants announced by the DOJ include more than $334 million in funding to help law enforcement agencies hire more than 1,730 officers across the country while also providing funding to support school safety and continue to advance community policing nationwide.

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