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DoJ Hires Public Safety Officers in Select Cities


(Susanne Posel)  The Department of Justice (DoJ) will be providing $45 million in a fund to hire police officers to be assigned to public schools nationwide.

A $125 million grant program is expected to add to the 937 law enforcement officers position in public safety resources in 236 cities across the nation.

Attorney General Eric Holder said: “In the wake of past tragedies, it’s clear that we need to be willing to take all possible steps to ensure that our kids are safe when they go to school. Especially in a time of increased challenges and limited budgets, our top priority must always be the safety and well-being of our children.”

In Newtown, Connecticut, an estimated $150,000 will be given over by the DoJ to help provide “critical support for law enforcement and essential services.”

Earlier this year, the Connecticut police department (CPD) received $2.5 million to partner the CPD with other agencies to aid in assistance when a shooting occurs at an elementary.

Holder announced that the DoJ and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) have collaborated with state and local leaders to “as part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to supporting the City of Detroit, the Justice Department will take a variety of actions to provide direct assistance to city leaders and local law enforcement authorities in order to improve public safety throughout the metropolitan area.”

Money will be funneled into the DoJ office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) as well as the National Forum on Youth Violence program (NFYV) to ensure “the success of Detroit’s first responders.”

Through the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) office, the DoJ will fund “263 agencies a total of $125 million to help fund nearly 1,000 law enforcement positions – including more than 350 school resource officers.”

This includes “technical assistance” the Detroit police department (DPD) to advise and engage with “law enforcement executives”; as well as the award of $1 million to the City of Detroit to “purchase law enforcement technology and equipment to bolster the efficiency and effectiveness of law enforcement operations.”

Speaking at the American Bar Association (ABA) annual meeting of the House of Delegates, Holder called for a reexamination of “new law enforcement strategies to keep pace with today’s continuing threats as violence spikes in some of our greatest cities.”

Because of recent mass shootings and rising incidents of juvenile crime, Holder is planning to implement a targeted “review of the federal system to identify obstacles, inefficiencies, and inequities, and to address ineffective policies.”

Holder stated that he is directing “all US attorneys to create . . . comprehensive anti-violence strategies for badly-afflicted areas within their districts.”

The DoJ is assisting local and state police departments with money and assistance which would also facilitate the necessity and deployment of a non-federalized law enforcement agency to add to those departments that may need more hands on duty.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides funding to local police departments to send their officers to FLETC to receive militarized education in tactical operations.

FLETC has locations in Georgia, New Mexico, South Carolina, and Washington DC. This federal militarization of local police extends to international policing agencies which “develops, coordinates, manages, and delivers international training and technical assistance that promotes the rule of law and supports U.S. foreign policy.”

Over the last few years the DHS have been indoctrinating local police departments into “non-Federal law enforcement agencies” as outlined in the DHS directive from the Office for State and Local Law Enforcement (SLLE).

DHS is successful in their relationship with local police departments all across the nation because they are contracted private security firms (or hired armed guards) that are placed in a city or town to secure the population and generate revenue for the local government.

In 2009, President Obama said that: “We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.”

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