Washington UPDATE: Colleges Gain Access to Crime Prevention Funds
Dervarics, Charles, Black Issues in Higher Education
Washington UPDATE: Colleges Gain Access to Crime Prevention Funds.
Colleges and universities will get access to new crime and violence prevention funds under two federal grant programs.
The U.S. Justice Department is giving colleges access to funds approved in last year's anti-crime bill under the Community Oriented Policing Services, or COPS, program. The new COPS Universal Hiring Program is open to specialty police forces such as those located at colleges, airports and other agencies. Those who win grants can use the funds to hire more officers for a three-year period.
Colleges were denied access to the first round of COPS grants as the Justice Department sorted out who could apply for funding. Cities and counties won most of the early COPS grants, though the Clinton administration said it would review its policy on how to deal with specialty police forces such as those at many higher education institutions.
The new program "expands availability beyond traditional police departments," said Charles Miller, a spokesman for the COPS program. Up to $120 million is available for these grants, and the administration shipped out 70,000 applications, including some to colleges, during the past month, he said.
Under Universal Hiring, agencies can use federal money to hire or rehire sworn officers as long as their main duty is community policing. However, Justice is requiring colleges and universities to provide extra information on their applications about their community policing plans, current initiatives and a detailed budget summary. …