The National Police Foundation (NPF) worked with the City of Central Falls, RI, (the smallest and poorest city in the state) to identify, apply for, and ultimately receive an Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Grant for School Safety and Security. This grant provides for three years of funding to create and implement one city-wide school safety and security program for all public and charter schools in Central Falls.
NPF identified the funding opportunity, assisted in the writing of the grant application, along with developing and implementing the first city-wide unified school safety and security program, commencing with school surveys and individual site visits through vendor selection and training of school, and police personnel.
A final report will be completed upon the conclusion of the project that will be presented to the Association of Rhode Island Public Schools. This report is slated for release by the end of 2022.
Funding is provided through the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) and the City of Central Falls, RI.
Dean M. Esserman
National Police Foundation