Fort Bend County Sheriff seeks grant for community-focused policing
If the grant goes, it will allow the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office to hire up to 20 additional MPs to increase their community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts. The deployment of these additional officers would be in rural areas of Fort Bend County.
The COPS program has approximately $ 140 million in funding for fiscal 2021. Fort Bend County Executive Major Manuel Zamora told the court that the FBCSO will seek the $ 3.9 million grant. dollars. However, the grant only funds up to 75%, with the county responsible for the remaining amount the first year, and then small increases over three years.
The additional cost of equipping the new MPs would amount to an additional $ 490,000 which the riding would have to pay out of pocket.
According to the COPS proposal summary, the grants are intended to enable law enforcement organizations to increase their community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts.
The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office will submit a proposal to fund 20 patrol officers so that a greater level of engagement can take place with rural communities, especially those who do not have access to services and may be stricken by poverty and the needs of the community.
The program will be mutually beneficial, as citizens will have increased access to justice and sustained efforts will be made to improve meaningful collaborative relationships in order to combat social unrest and crime.
There are several areas where there is an increase in crime reporting, including property crime, that can benefit from police and community collaborations to address these issues.
Examples of rural areas in Fort Bend County that could benefit from this increased collaboration with the Sheriff’s Office include the Four Corners, Kendleton, Beasley, Needville, Fresno / Arcola area and the outskirts of several large municipalities.
The goal of community policing is to combat non-violent crime, violent crime and fear of crime. Programs will be developed to support the systematic use of partnerships with community stakeholders who are able and willing to engage in problem-solving techniques to proactively meet public safety needs.
Currently, law enforcement personnel respond throughout the transition from one call to the next, with little time to interact and engage with community members to resolve issues. Every day the assistants make calls and at the end of their shift they only have time to complete the investigation reports they have conducted throughout their shift.
Currently, there is very little uncommitted patrol time that can be spent on community engagement and building the partnerships needed to tackle the root causes of crime and design long-term solutions. term. Community policing will help the sheriff’s office build legitimacy and trust, improve responses to people in crisis, and enable innovative policing strategies to build community capacity.
The range of community policing strategies includes efforts to enlist the help of community responders to address human and drug trafficking, hate crimes, domestic extremism, gun violence and criminal gang activity. of street.