September 29, 2010
INDIANAPOLIS AWARDED MORE COPS FUNDING
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman André Carson announced today that the Marion County Sheriff's Department will be the recipient of a grant to further its efforts to protect Indianapolis from sexual predators.
The Child Sexual Predator Prosecution Program (CSPP) will award the sheriff's department $498,818 and is funded by the U.S. Department of Justice through the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program.
"There is nothing more important than working together to keep our children safe," said Congressman Carson. "This grant aims to do that by helping the sheriff's department continue their hard work in building relationships between law enforcement and the community to try and prevent such terrible crimes from happening."
The Marion County Sheriff's Department is one of 24 law enforcement agencies in 18 states to be awarded a CSPP grant. The grants provide funding to help locate, arrest, and prosecute child sexual predators and exploiters, and enforce state sex offender registration laws.
"Every day Marion County Sheriff's deputies are out in the neighborhoods enforcing Indiana's sex offender registration laws," said Marion County Sheriff Frank J. Anderson. "We are pleased to have been awarded this grant to further assist us in ensuring our children are protected from the dangers of sexual predators."
This COPS grant is the second that Indianapolis has been awarded. Last July Indianapolis secured the $11 million that supported the hiring of 50 new police officers. These newest members of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) graduated from the academy this past August.
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