Durbin Announces Over $1.1 Million In Federal Funding For Chicago Area Community Policing Development

CHICAGO – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced today that the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) has awarded organizations and law enforcement agencies in the Chicagoland area $1,194,307 in funding through Community Policing Development awards.
“This funding is an important investment in the Illinois justice system, and in the safety and security of communities throughout our state,” said Durbin. “Our nation’s law enforcement officers are called upon day after day to serve and protect our residents. This funding will support initiatives that will provide vital assistance to enhance community-oriented policing efforts.”
Under today’s announcement, the following entities will receive COPS funding:
·         21CP Solutions: $500,000 in funding to provide immediate, 24-hour response to critical incidents and longer-term policing issues arising in jurisdictions approved by the COPS Office. 21CP has a group of senior law enforcement professionals and a wide array of associates in key sectors beyond law enforcement that can respond to the range of needs precipitated during a critical incident or longer term issue;
·         Center for Public Safety and Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago (CPSJ): $344,802 in funding to develop and deliver a Diversity and Inclusion Training Initiative, which will be paired with an opportunity for real-time community engagement through accompanying trust-building gatherings between law enforcement and hard-to-reach communities;
·         Center for Public Safety and Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago (CPSJ): $199,995 in funding to expand initiatives related to procedural justice training and provide training sessions focused on numerous procedural justice topical areas, including a train-the-trainer module;
·         City of Chicago: $99,990 in funding for the Chicago Police Department Community Engagement Dashboard Program, which will help develop, define, and implement community engagement metrics and incorporate those metrics into a new Community Engagement Dashboard in the Department’s Citizen and Law Enforcement Analysis and Reporting (CLEAR) system; and,
·         Park Ridge Police Department: $49,520 in funding for the chartering and installation of a community advisory board in collaboration with the Center for Public Safety and Justice (CPSJ) at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Today’s funding is part of a nationwide announcement of $7.5 million in Community Policing Development awards that will be given to law enforcement agencies and organizations across the country with the aim of advancing the practice of community policing through training and technical assistance, the development of innovative community policing strategies, applied research, guidebooks, and best practices that are national in scope.