Stamford, CT – The United States Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office has awarded Stamford’s Youth Initiative through the Community Policing Development (CPD) program a grant in the amount of $124,994.
According to a release issued by the Department of Justice’s Office of Public Affairs, CPD program funds are used to “support promising practices through the development and testing of innovative strategies; building knowledge about effective practices and outcomes; and supporting new, creative approaches to preventing crime and promoting safe communities.”
“I would like to thank the United States Department of Justice for awarding our law enforcement department this substantial grant. Funding from the state allows our City to implement the measures necessary to continue to hold the title of safest City in all of New England,” said Mayor David Martin. “I would also like to thank Police Chief Timothy Shaw for playing such an integral role in the Stamford Police Department receiving this funding, and for constantly searching for ways to improve the department to ensure that our officers represent the highest standard of policing.”
The funds distributed by the COPS office aim to reduce overall crime rates as well as build trust between Stamford law enforcement and the community.
“The Stamford Police Department has continually striven to strengthen community relations and build a sense of mutual trust and respect between officers and civilians,” said Chief of Police Timothy Shaw. “We intend to use this funding to move further toward our goal of keeping Stamford safe and ensuring that our residents know that this is our number one priority as law enforcement.”
Highlights of the 2021 CPD funding include:
• Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT).
• Tolerance, Diversity, and Anti-Bias Training.
• De-escalation Training.
• COPS Microgrants.