For Immediate Release
|Date||September 25, 2001|
|Contact||Sergeant Paul Villanueva|
Riverside, Ca- The Riverside Police Department, in a collaborative effort with the Alvord School District, has been awarded a grant in the amount of $375,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice, Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS in Schools Program). This grant will be used to hire two new School Resource Police Officers, and one Police Sergeant to supervise them. These positions will supplement the other twelve officers that are currently serving in schools throughout the city of Riverside.
The primary role of the officers will be to safeguard students by providing a law enforcement presence on campus, as well as to deter acts of school violence. This is achieved through early intervention by police officers working within a school / police partnership environment.
The COPS in Schools Program funds the hiring of community policing officers and provides school safety training for those officers. Funds from this grant will provide a maximum of $125,000 for the salary and benefits of each new officer over three years. The Alvord School District has agreed to fund the balance for these new positions over the same time frame.
To date, the COPS in Schools Program has provided $507.5 million to fund and train more than 4,509 School Resource Police Officers nationwide. The addition of these three new officer positions brings the total to seven COPS in Schools grant positions for the city of Riverside. In November 1999, the city was awarded $500,000 to fund four officers as part of the "Healthy People/Healthy Places" program within the Riverside Unified School District.