Congresswoman Barbara Lee this week has announced $2.25 million in awards from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program to communities in the East Bay.
The cities of Oakland, Berkeley and Alameda County will receive grants. The funds will create or preserve 18 law enforcement jobs that increase community- policing capacity in the East Bay.
“At a time when departments face high resource constraints, these federal grants will help address public safety and promote community-oriented policing,” said Congresswoman Lee.
Lee has long supported the DOJ’s COPS program, especially as a member of the Appropriations Committee. She recently introduced House Resolution 262 to ensure the COPS program has the needed resources to increase hiring and retention of diverse law enforcement officers.
“As we work to build greater trust between law enforcement and our communities, especially communities of color, the COPS program has proven track record of re-focusing law enforcement efforts on the needs of the communities and promoting greater community trust. We must ensure this vital federal program has the resources it needs to support our communities and ensure public safety.”
These grants provide:
$1.875 million in funding for fifteen officers in Oakland;
$250,000 in funding for two officers in Alameda County; and
$125,000 in funding for one officer in Berkeley.
“I was pleased to work with Supervisor Keith Carson and Mayors Libby Schaaf and Tom Bates to support these important federal funding grants that help ease the law enforcement shortage and contribute to public safety,” added Congresswoman Lee.