The Norfolk Police Department was awarded a grant by Governor Terry McAuliffe. The grant, which is part of the “Policing in the 21st Century” initiative, was approved by the Criminal Justice Services Board in Richmond on Thursday.
Funded by federal funds awarded to the Commonwealth from the Edward Byrne Justice Assistant Grant Program, the grant of almost $8,000 will go towards training and equipment to help the department enhance community inclusive policing.
The grants will help the NPD to provide one-on-one and small group mentoring for youths and their families, training in de-escalation and crisis communication, new equipment for a police department athletic program for at-risk youth and other various programs.
“Since the beginning of my administration, my team and I have worked closely with local and state law enforcement agencies to develop strategies that build and strengthen their relationships within the communities they serve,” said Governor McAuliffe in a news release. “Strong police-community relationships are essential to protecting the safety of families and businesses in every community in our Commonwealth. I commend the agencies that are receiving this award for their outstanding leadership on these important issues. We will continue to ensure policing in the 21st century is built on communal integrity across all corners of the Commonwealth.”
A total of $756,000 will be dispersed to police departments throughout the state through Gov. McAuliffe’s initiative. Applicants submitted proposals of their projects which were reviewed by DCJS staff and a committee of the board.