Local law enforcement receives COPS funding

Local law enforcement receives COPS funding U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) announced that since the inception of the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program in 1994, the Yankton Police Department, the Vermillion Police Department, and the Clay County Sheriff's Department has received a total of $386,656 in funding to place more police officers on the street and to update technology.

Since 1994, $57,799,317 in COPS grants have been awarded to law enforcement agencies in South Dakota. Within the 66 counties in South Dakota, there are 111 jurisdictions that have received funding.

"This program makes our communities safer," said Johnson, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. "The COPS program provides local law enforcement with the additional support they need to place more officers on the streets of our communities. I will continue to support investment in this vital program."

The mission of the COPS Office is to build community policing across the country. COPS provides grants to law enforcement agencies to hire and train policing professionals, acquire and deploy crime-fighting technologies, and develop and test innovative policing strategies.

Funding for technology has allowed officers to spend more time on the streets of South Dakota fighting and prevent-ing crime through timesaving

technology, information-sharing systems, and improved communications equipment.

Funding for the COPS program is provided through the U.S. Department of Justice.

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