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Aurora police receive federal grant for crisis intervention unit
Chicago Tribune - 11/29/2022
The Aurora Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Unit recently received a grant to help advance the unit’s mission to provide mental health and crisis resources to community members.
The 2022 Community Policing Crisis Intervention Unit grant, which totals $294,657.51, was awarded to the crisis unit by the United States Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Funding from the grant goes toward implementing projects that help achieve a greater goal of reducing crime and building trust between community members and law enforcement.
The grant funding will be used by the department to enhance and extend the Crisis Intervention Unit’s co-response services. The unit was created in 2020 in response to a growing need for crisis intervention and mental health services for community members. The unit aims to identify individuals that would be better served by receiving mental health services in lieu of jail or arrest.
“Our department is both humbled and grateful to have received such a substantial grant,” Aurora Police Chief Keith Cross said of the funding award. “This funding will have a significant impact in helping the Crisis Intervention Unit provide our community members in crisis with the resources they need.”
The Community Oriented Policing Services Office, founded in 1994, is part of the U.S. Department of Justice and responsible for advancing the practice of community policing by the nation’s state, local, territorial, and tribal law enforcement agencies through information and grant resources.
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