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May 12, 2022 | Press Releases

Washington, DC – This week, the Problem Solvers Caucus announced its endorsement of the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) on the Beat Grant Program Reauthorization and Parity Act (H.R. 6375), a bipartisan bill introduced in January by U.S. Reps. Young Kim (CA-39), Tom Rice (SC-07), Abigail Spanberger (VA-07) and a bipartisan group of colleagues.

This bipartisan bill reauthorizes and improves the COPS on the Beat Grants Program to assist local law enforcement agencies to hire law enforcement officers and help with community policing and training.  

“Our local law enforcement officers put themselves in harm’s way each day to keep our communities safe, and the COPS grant program directly funds the training, hiring and salaries of many police departments, including at the Anaheim Police Department,” said Kim. “I am proud to be an original cosponsor of the COPS on the Beat Program Reauthorization and Parity Act and thank my Problem Solvers Caucus colleagues for coming together in support of our local law enforcement. I’ll always be an unwavering voice for law enforcement and their important work to keep communities safe.”

The bill is supported by Orange County Sheriff Department and the Anaheim Police Department. Learn more here.

About the COPS Office: 

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) is the component of the U.S. Department of Justice responsible for advancing the practice of community policing by the nation’s state, local, territorial, and tribal law enforcement agencies through information and grant resources. 

Community policing begins with a commitment to building trust and mutual respect between police and communities. It is critical to public safety, ensuring that all stakeholders work together to address our nation’s crime challenges. When police and communities collaborate, they more effectively address underlying issues, change negative behavioral patterns, and allocate resources. 

The COPS Office awards grants to hire community policing professionals, develop and test innovative policing strategies, and provide training and technical assistance to community members, local government leaders, and all levels of law enforcement. Since 1994, the COPS Office has invested more than $14 billion to help advance community policing. 

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