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Congresswoman Betty McCollum

Representing the 4th District of Minnesota

McCollum Applauds COPS Grant to Upper Midwest Community Policing Institute

October 6, 2016
Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) applauded a $100,000 grant to the New Brighton-based Upper Midwest Community Policing Institute to train law enforcement officers to de-escalate situations involving military veterans in crisis.

“Our country has an obligation to ensure that all of our veterans have the support and resources they need. As part of that commitment, we must ensure our law enforcement officers have the skills and capacity to safely de-escalate crisis situations involving veterans,” Congresswoman McCollum said. “This grant will help our police better assist veterans and their families with the unique difficulties they may encounter in their transition to civilian life.”

The grant, provided by the Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program, will fund classroom training for law enforcement, fire, EMS personnel, 911 dispatchers, and campus and hospital security that have regular contact with returning service members in crisis.

“Through initiatives like the grant announced today, the COPS program provides essential resources to law enforcement officers in Minnesota and across America,” Congresswoman McCollum said. “That is why I have been proud to support funding for the COPS program in Congress.”