U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ANNOUNCES GRANT AWARDS
TO LOCATE AND PROSECUTE CHILD SEXUAL PREDATORS
Worcester and Northwestern District Attorney’s Offices to receive nearly $1 million
BOSTON, Mass. – The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services awarded two local District Attorney’s Offices grant funding for programs designed to capture and prosecute child sexual predators.
The Child Sexual Predator Program grants, totaling more than $9.3 million, are aimed at preventing child endangerment and protecting communities from child sexual predators. Participating state and local law enforcement agencies will use funds to develop initiatives to help locate, arrest and prosecute child sexual predators and enforce state sex offender registration laws. Worcester County District Attorney’s Office will receive $500,000 while Northwestern District Attorney’s Office will receive $492,688 over the course of a two-year period.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz said: “I am thrilled that, not one, but two of our local partners will receive federal funding to combat the very real problem of child sexual predators and exploiters. This grant was highly competitive and each District Attorney’s Office should be very proud of the collaborative they have assembled to see the project through.”
Both Worcester and Northwestern will utilize funds for enhanced training to investigators, overtime expenses for officers investigating crimes against children, updated forensic equipment as well as other projects. Eighteen additional agencies, including the City of Fresno, CA, Superior, WI, and the West Virginia State Police, will also receive grants through the Child Sexual Predator Program.
“This funding will assist in the fight against unfathomable crimes,” said COPS Director Bernard K. Melekian. “The agencies recognized this year have worked in great cohesion with federal offices and local law enforcement stakeholders, developing aggressive strategies to combat crimes against our children.”
The COPS Office is a federal agency responsible for advancing community policing nationwide. Since 1995, COPS has awarded over $13.5 billion to advance community policing, including grants awarded to more than 13,000 state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies to fund the hiring of officers and provide a variety of knowledge resource products, including community policing publications, training and technical assistance.
More information, including the full list of Child Sexual Predator Program 2011 grantees, can be found online at www.cops.usdoj.gov.