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Shaheen, NH Delegation Announce Over $1.5 Million in COPS Grants Headed to New Hampshire

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Chair of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies, which funds the Department of Justice (DOJ), along with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and U.S. Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01), announced $1,563,304 allocated to New Hampshire through DOJ’s Community Oriented Policing (COPS) grant funding.

“Providing law enforcement with needed resources is critical to keeping our communities safe,” said Senator Shaheen. “I’m proud to have helped secure these grants that will support hiring and training efforts, as well as strengthen school security in our state. I’ll keep working to increase investments for COPS programs that benefit New Hampshire’s law enforcement officers.” 

“This federal funding will help New Hampshire communities hire more police officers, as well as expand community policing and school security programs, providing law enforcement officials with the resources that they need to continue to keep our state safe,” said Senator Hassan. “New Hampshire police sacrifice every day to protect and serve our communities, and I will continue working to support Granite State police.”

“New Hampshire’s law enforcement officers go above and beyond the call of duty every day to protect our communities – we must ensure they have the resources to do their jobs safely,” said Congresswoman Kuster. “I’m pleased to see these resources heading to our state to help hire more police officers, strengthen accreditation programs, train crisis intervention teams, and prevent violence in our schools. Thank you to our law enforcement community and officers for all they do to keep us safe.”

“Each and every day, New Hampshire law enforcement is on the frontlines in our communities, responding to emergencies and keeping Granite Staters safe. That is why it is critical that they have the workforce and resources they need to do their jobs,” said Congressman Pappas. “These grants will help our local police departments recruit and retain officers, strengthen community policing, support mental health crisis training, and improve security at our schools. I’ll continue working to secure resources that support our local enforcement and the important work they do.”

The awards are as follows:  

  • $460,320 to the Concord School District through the COPS School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP) to improve security at schools and on school grounds;
  • $302,984 to the University System of New Hampshire Implementing Crisis Intervention Teams through the COPS Community Policing Development (CPD) program;
  • $300,000 to the New Hampshire Department of Justice Office of the Attorney General Enhancing Existing Law Enforcement Accreditation Entities through the COPS CPD program;
  • $250,000 to Belmont Police Department, $125,000 to Allenstown Police Department; and $125,000 to Hopkinton Police Department through the COPS Hiring Program (CHP).

Through her role on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, Shaheen helped allocate $324 million for Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring in federal government funding legislation for fiscal year (FY) 2023, an increase of $78 million from the FY 2022 level. This program supports state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies’ ability to hire, preserve and/or rehire law enforcement officers and increases community policing efforts, and will place over 1,800 more police officers on the streets of our communities. Additionally, Senator Shaheen worked to include $231 million for Office of Justice Programs and COPS Office grant programs to support efforts that improve police-community relations.