U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
The Department of Justice announced $98 million in grants to help put more police officers on the street, and Mobile is the big winner in Alabama, receiving more than $1.5 million.
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Though the COPS grants have been awarded for years, there’s a new factor in how they’re allocated. Under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, funding is tied to efforts to prosecute undocumented immigrants.
According to the DOJ, its Office of Community Oriented Policing Services is responsible “for advancing the practice of community policing by the nation’s state, local, territorial, and tribal law enforcement agencies.” It asserts that “Community policing begins with a commitment to building trust and mutual respect between police and communities.”
The COPS office awards grants
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