YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Youngstown Police Department is among 20 law enforcement agencies that will receive up to $30,000 for community policing programs.
The total grant of $400,000 is being awarded through the Office of Criminal Justice Services.
The money is earmarked for initiatives to improve relationships between communities and law enforcement agencies. Examples of programs awarded include: community-policing initiatives; training; juvenile-mentoring programs; education and awareness tools; and evidence-based policing strategies.
“Ohio is becoming a national leader in its efforts to build stronger relationships between police and communities, and the interest we received in these new grants is proof of the willingness of law enforcement to reach out to the communities they serve,” said John Born, ODPS Director and Co-Chair of the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board.
The Youngstown Police Department recently held their annual awards ceremony where Mayor John McNally and Police Chief Robin Lees commended officers for their role in making the city’s community policing program a success. Lees said when he took the helm of the department in 2014 that the program was one of his priorities.
All agencies receiving grants have agreed to become certified through the Ohio Collaborative Law Enforcement Agency Certification through the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board.