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Miami-Dade Schools Police receives Department of Justice Grant

Miami-Dade Schools Police is one of only 267 agencies awarded funds to hire school resource officers. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) recently announced funding awards to 263 cities and counties, aimed at creating, and in some cases protecting, 937 law enforcement positions. More than $125 million will be awarded nationally, including nearly $45 million to fund 356 new school resource officer positions.

There were more than 1,700 agencies applying for these grants monies. Miami-Dade Schools Police Department joins law enforcement agencies around the county. The list of this year’s grantees includes Oakland, Sacramento, and Alameda County, CA; Houston, TX; Hartford, CT; Des Moines, IA; Milwaukee, WI; Richland County and Charleston, SC; Louisville, KY; Akron, OH; Seattle, WA and more.

DOJ selected grantees for the 2013 hiring program based on their fiscal needs, local crime rates, and community policing plans. There was an additional focus this year on agencies requesting assistance in developing school safety programs that would include the hiring of a school resource officer. School resource officer positions funded by the COPS Office are sworn law enforcement positions that work within a school district or facility, interacting directly with school administrators and students.

“These funds will allow our police department to come closer to our goal of assigning one School Resource Officer (SRO) to every high and middle school in our district” said Miami-Dade Schools Police Chief Ian A. Moffett. “Our plan is to hire at least 28 additional officers before May 2014.”

The COPS Hiring Program offers grants to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies to hire or rehire community policing officers. The program provides salaries and benefits for officer and deputy hires for three years.
Last August, Superintendent Carvalho joined Chief Ian A. Moffett in a swearing-in ceremony for nine new police officers. Our district continues to focus on school safety and working to coordinate programs which offer valuable resources to assure that our students are protected.

The COPS Office is a federal agency responsible for advancing community policing nationwide. Since 1995, COPS has awarded over $14 billion to advance community policing, including grants awarded to more than 13,000 state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to fund the hiring and redeployment of approximately 125,000 officers and provide a variety of knowledge resource products including publications, training, and technical assistance.