Duly Noted

 City of Wyoming receives $750,000 CHP grant 

WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice announced more than $139 million in grant funding through the department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) COPS Hiring Program (CHP). The awards provide direct funding to 183 law enforcement agencies, allowing them to hire 1,066 additional full-time law enforcement professionals. 

The following cities in the Western District of Michigan received awards:

• City of Battle Creek – $500,000

• City of Wyoming – $750,000

“These awards are welcome news for our law enforcement partners in Battle Creek and Wyoming,” said Andrew Birge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Michigan. “The resources come at an important time. The direct funding will help them secure the safety and well-being of their communities in a way that fosters trust in law enforcement.”

CHP is a competitive award program intended to reduce crime and advance public safety through community policing. CHP provides funds directly to law enforcement agencies to hire new or rehire additional career law enforcement officers, thereby increasing their community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts. Of the 183 agencies awarded grants today, approximately half will use the funding to focus on building legitimacy and trust between law enforcement and communities; 41 agencies will seek to address high rates of gun violence; 21 will focus on other areas of violence; and 19 will focus CHP resources on combating hate and domestic extremism or supporting police-based responses to persons in crisis. 

Since its creation in 1994, COPS has invested more than $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 more than 135,000 officers. CHP, COPS’ flagship program, continues to be in demand today: In FY21, COPS received 590 applications requesting nearly 3,000 law enforcement positions. 

For FY22, President Biden has requested $537 million for CHP, an increase of $300 million.

To learn more about CHP, visit https://cops.usdoj.gov/chp-award

For additional information about the COPS Office, visit https://cops.usdoj.gov/.

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