COPS Grants Summaries
(Continued from Grant Awards page)
On October 1, the Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) announced more than $27 million in Fiscal Year 2009 grants for school safety and to locate, arrest, and prosecute child sexual predators and exploiters. Summaries of both programs are included below for your review.
Secure Our Schools
16 million under the FY09 Secure Our Schools (SOS) grant program. Grants will be awarded to 128 law enforcement agencies in 38 states. SOS grants provide funding to state, local, or tribal governments to assist with the procurement of school safety resources and the opportunity to establish and enhance a variety of school safety equipment and/or programs. Each SOS grant is two years in duration, and provides a maximum federal share of $500,000. Funding under this program may be requested for such things as: placement and use of metal detectors; locks, lighting, and other deterrent measures; security assessments; security training of personnel and students; coordination with local law enforcement; and any other measure that may provide a significant increase in security.
Child Sexual Predator Program
On October 1, the COPS Office will award over $11.4 million under the FY09 Child Sexual Predator Program (CSPP). Grants will be awarded to 26 law enforcement agencies in 19 states. CSPP is a funding initiative implemented by COPS aimed at reducing and preventing child endangerment and protecting communities from sexual predators. Launched in 2008, the program provides grants to help locate, arrest, and prosecute child sexual predators and exploiters, and enforce state sex offender registration laws. It is also designed to collectively address this widespread problem through strong partnerships between law enforcement, U.S. Attorney’s Offices and U.S. Marshals, as well as other community partners such as parole and probation offices, social services agencies, and state or local prosecutors.