The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) 2023 grant awardees were announced including the City of Ogdensburg on Thursday, November 2, 2023.
The city's application requesting $250,000 to fund two new officers for three years was selected for funding. Interim City Manager, Andrea Smith said, “this is phenomenal news for the city at a time when financial resources are limited. This award will provide critical funding to hire new law enforcement officers to ensure that we maintain our force numbers as we look ahead to plan for upcoming retirements and rebuilding the department to service our residents”. Police Chief Mark Kearns said, “hiring of two officers at this time is crucial to ensure adequate police services can not only be maintained, but services can be enhanced in areas of the most need. This is the first step toward rebuilding the department, providing much needed reprieve to our officers and the ability to provide a greater service to our citizens”. The application of this grant was a collaborative effort between the city’s police department and The Seaway Valley Prevention Council. Both entities recognized that the police are often the first people to interact with our most vulnerable populations. Kearns stated, “I am very proud of this collaboration and look forward to future projects together.”
The COPS mission is to advance community policing nationwide, by supporting state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement agencies as they carry out their vital public safety missions. Ogdensburg’s COPS grant will contribute to the mission of the COPS Office and the greater goal of reducing crime and building trust between law enforcement and communities served.
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