Langevin Announces COPS in Schools Grants for Coventry, Johnston and Richmond

Sep 4, 2002
(Washington, D.C.)–Congressman Jim Langevin today announced that Coventry, Johnston and Richmond have been awarded a total of $497,704 from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Service’s COPS In Schools Program, to hire additional law enforcement personnel, or School Resource Officers (SRO).

 Coventry has been awarded $250,000 to hire 2 SROs; Johnston $125,000 for 1; and Richmond $122,704 for 1.

 “The COPS program was created in 1994 to place more police officers in our streets, neighborhoods and even schools,” said Congressman Langevin.  “The presence of additional law enforcement personnel in local schools provides young children with role models and serves as a strong deterrent to crime.  Thanks to this federal award, local Rhode Island schools will be safer and better equipped."

 Specific duties of the SRO are determined by the needs of each individual school and community, but their primary goal is to safeguard students by providing a visible law enforcement presence.  The SROs also teach crime prevention and substance abuse classes, serve as coaches, and monitor and counsel troubled students.

 Langevin and 223 of his Democratic colleagues support legislation (H.R. 2009: The Providing Reliable Officers, Technology, Education, Community Prosecutors, and Training In Our Neighborhoods Act of 2001) which would make $600 million in new funding available to cities and states to bolster public safety and protect our neighborhoods over the next 6 years.  The legislation also provides funding to hire up to 50,000 additional police officers and 1,000 prosecutors and to help law enforcement acquire the latest crime-fighting technologies 

“The COPS program has provided Rhode Island cities and towns the financial resources they need to add gpersonnel to their rosters, making our neighborhoods safer places to live,” added Langevin.  “Failure to fully fund this program not only puts Rhode Islanders at risk, but also the nation as a whole.  Now is the time to bolster public safety departments throughout the nation, not weaken them.” 

 According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the COPS program has awarded over 4549 million to more than 2,100 law enforcement agencies to fund in excess of 4,800 SROs through the COPS in Schools Program.