The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. The money, announced last Monday, comes from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and its COPS Hiring Program.
HCSO was one of five Minnesota agencies to receive funding. The grant will allow HCSO to hire two additional sworn personnel for three years—an expansion of the Sheriff’s Community Engagement Team. The CET was established in 2010 and is responsible for partnering with community organizations and law enforcement agencies to improve outreach efforts within Hennepin County.
“This money will pay for a resource that benefits all Hennepin County residents,” said Sheriff Rich Stanek. “You cannot underestimate the importance of building long-term communities of trust. I’m thrilled and thankful the COPS program sees and supports the work of the Sheriff’s Community Engagement Team.”
The CET attends community gatherings and celebrations, responds to citizen requests for assistance, and promotes diversity recruitment efforts for the Sheriff’s Office. Since its inception, the CET has become a model program for agencies worldwide.
There are currently 6 staff on the Community Engagement team: three sworn officers and three civilians. Click here to watch a video with more information on the CET.