$625K Federal Grant Enables Portsmouth & Warwick to Hire More Police

Portsmouth awarded funding for 2 new School Resource Officers & Warwick awarded
funding for 3 Community Engagement Officers
REED WHITEHOUSE
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JAMES LANGEVIN VA 1
WARWICK, RI – Today, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S.
Representatives Jim Langevin and David Cicilline announced a total of $625,000 to
help the Portsmouth and Warwick Police Departments hire additional law enforcement
officers to enhance school-based policing and community engagement efforts in their
respective communities. The federal grants are administered by the U.S. Department
of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office, which awarded $119
million in grants to police departments nationwide this week as part of the COPS
Hiring Program, or CHP.

The Portsmouth Police Department is being awarded $250,000 to hire two School
Resource Officers to enhance school safety, one of which will work full time at
Portsmouth High School while the other will work primarily with Portsmouth Middle
School and with the two elementary schools in the town.

The Warwick Police Department (WPD) is being awarded $375,000 to hire three
Community Engagement Officers to build relationships and trust through community
engagement, and especially to help the WPD address mental health issues in the
community. While the WPD has developed and implemented strategies to work with
students who are prone to criminal behavior due to mental health issues, the new
officers will help the department work with community partners and stakeholders to
extend community outreach and help young adults who are out of school and need
assistance.

«Even with tight budgets, public safety must be our top priority. This federal
funding will help Portsmouth and Warwick meet that goal by hiring additional police
officers for the community,» said Senator Reed, a member of the Appropriations
Committee.

«These awards will help put more Rhode Island police officers in our neighborhoods
to fight crime and keep our schools safe,» said Senator Whitehouse. «Congratulations
to the Warwick and Portsmouth Police Departments on these well-deserved grants, and
for your commitment to the communities you serve.»

«Public safety is always a top priority, and COPS grants have consistently helped
police departments across the state to be funded and staffed at adequate levels.
Congratulations to Warwick and Portsmouth on successfully competing for these
federal dollars, which will significantly aid in their efforts to keep Rhode
Islanders safe,» said Congressman Jim Langevin.

«COPS grants provide critical federal funding to help our police keep Rhode
Islanders safe,» said Congressman Cicilline. «I am pleased that Portsmouth and
Warwick are receiving funding to hire 2 School Resource Officers and 3 Community
Engagement Officers, respectively. This investment will help ensure our police have
the resources they need to protect our communities.»

Launched in 1994, the COPS Hiring Program provides funds directly to law enforcement
agencies to hire, preserve, and/or rehire police officers and helps local police
departments increase their community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts.

Since 2009, police departments in Rhode Island have received over $13.7 million as
part of the COPS Hiring Program.