Shaheen Announces $439K to Support Community Policing Initiatives in NH

October 06, 2021

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the Chair of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that funds the Department of Justice (DOJ), announced that the DOJ awarded $439,024 in federal funding to support community policing initiatives in New Hampshire. Specifically, these are resources allocated through DOJ’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Community Policing Development (CPD) program.

“Our communities are safer and stronger when law enforcement officers and members of the public build relationships and work together to address public safety challenges,” said Senator Shaheen. “I’m very pleased to announce these critical investments to support a range of initiatives – from de-escalation training to accreditation programs – that will help foster greater understanding, trust and respect between New Hampshire law enforcement agencies and the communities they protect and serve each day. Bolstering federal initiatives that support law enforcement and help keep our communities safe will continue to be a top priority for me as Chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that determines funding for these grant programs.”

Through her role on the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Shaheen helps secure funding for COPS programs. Shaheen has worked to provide additional dedicated funding to support initiatives like crisis intervention teams, de-escalation and diversity training and accreditation of police departments that help strengthen police-community relations. As a result of Shaheen’s leadership, funding for COPS CPD went from $6.5 million in government funding legislation for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 to $35 million in FY 2021. Shaheen has also historically co-led a bipartisan resolution marking National Community Policing Week. This week, Senator Shaheen will once again advance a resolution in recognition of community policing, which promotes the establishment of ties between law enforcement agencies and the public they serve.

Breakdown of COPS Awards

The following recipients received a combined total of $439,024 in funding through the COPS Community Policing Development program:

 

Recipient

Purpose

Amount

Laconia

De-escalation Training

$200,000

Dover

Community Trust and Legitimacy Social Worker Project

$109,444

NH Department of Justice

Enhancing Existing Law Enforcement Accreditation

$100,000

Exeter

Law Enforcement Accreditation

$29,580

TOTAL

 

$439,024