Senators Joe Lieberman and Richard Blumenthal and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro announced today that the University of New Haven and Yale University have been awarded grants through the U.S. Department of Justice's COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) program. COPS advances the practice of community policing in America's state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies. The University of New Haven will use its grant for enhancing community policing through community mediation and Yale will use its grant for social network analysis.
"Community policing is a valuable tool for law enforcement to collaborate with the communities and keep our streets free from crime," Lieberman said. "As we have seen with unfortunate events over the past few years, Universities face many of the same threats as our communities at large. This funding will help make Yale and the University of New Haven safer and more enjoyable places to live and learn."
Blumenthal said: "This federal investment in community policing is good news for the safety of students and residents in New Haven. Community policing has a demonstrable record of success in New Haven and the nation and I support this strong federal recognition of that record."
"Supporting law enforcement efforts on college campuses is vitally important to keeping a safe learning environment," DeLauro said. "Our communities have greatly benefited from the COPS program and I am pleased that two of Connecticut's finest universities are receiving these grants."
Both grants were awarded under COPS's Community Policing Development Grants program. The University of New Haven's grant is for $89,477 and Yale's is for $299,750.