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United States Attorney Jenny A. Durkan
Western District of Washington

DOJ Grant to Fund Seattle Police Officer Focused On Teen Violence Prevention

Seattle One of Twelve Cities Selected in Competitive Process

September 28, 2012

            The Seattle Police Department is one of a dozen cities nationwide sharing in a $3.6 million Department of Justice grant aimed at putting more police officers on the street to address youth violence.  The $125,000 in federal money will pay for one additional police officer for Seattle.  In its grant application, the Seattle Police Department said the federally funded officer will focus on ways to address and prevent teen violence.

            “I congratulate the Seattle Police Department on their continuing effort to address youth violence through prevention and programs for our kids.  Their selection by the Department of Justice for this additional funding recognizes the efforts SPD is making to better connect with the community,” said U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan.  “This funding will assist Seattle with its commitment to put ten new officers on the street, and it will augment the nearly one million federal dollars for the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative, aimed at making a difference in the lives of young people and our community.”

                The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) $3.6 million in funding is in addition to more than $111 million previously awarded.  In June 2012 over 220 cities and counties were awarded COPS funding for the purpose of hiring or rehiring approximately 800 law enforcement positions.  The funding requires that all new officer positions be filled by recent military veterans who have served at least 180 days since September 11, 2001.

The COPS Hiring Program provides the salary and benefits for officer and deputy hires for three years.  In FY 2012, the COPS Office asked all COPS Hiring Program applicants to target the high priority crime problem of homicide and children exposed to violence/teen violence. The City of Seattle was selected to receive funding based on their strategy to address the specific problem of teen violence.

The COPS Office is a federal agency responsible for advancing community policing nationwide.  Since 1995, COPS has awarded over $12 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 124,000 officers and provide a variety of knowledge resource products including publications, training, and technical assistance.

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