The San Leandro Police Department has been awarded a four-year, $500,000 grant through the United States Department of Justice – Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program.
The new grant will fund four School Resource Officers (SROs) on school campuses throughout the San Leandro and San Lorenzo Unified School Districts to assist in enhancing educational programs, expanding youth outreach, and enhancing school safety.
Once implemented, the grant will increase the police department’s staffing complement to 94 officers.
“The new COPS grant will help make San Leandro safer. It increases our police force by nearly five percent, and we intend to keep these officers on duty when the grant expires,” said Mayor Stephen Cassidy.
“Obtaining the highly-competitive COPS grant illustrates how our city works as a unified team with Representative Barbara Lee in obtaining resources from the federal government.”
“We are committed to enhancing youth prevention and intervention programs throughout San Leandro, and School Resource Officers are critical to meeting this goal,” said San Leandro Police Chief Sandra Spagnoli.
“Every person, in every community, deserves to feel safe. In an age of shrinking federal, state and local budgets, we must maximize every dollar to develop and implement effective violence reduction strategies,” said Congresswoman Lee.
“If we want to reduce violence in our East Bay communities, we must work together. The Violence Reduction Network is an important step toward that. Yet it does not negate the need for federal resources, common sense gun control policies and community programs that give young people healthy and productive options,” she said.
This grant award announcement follows proactive assistance from San Leandro’s elected Congressional delegation in Washington D.C., including Representative Barbara Lee and Senators
For more information, please see the COPS program website, or contact Lieutenant Robert McManus with the San Leandro Police Department, at (510) 577-3232 or [email protected]