October 13, 2016
Today, Congresswoman Lois Frankel (FL-22) announced a new $1 million federal grant to the Fort Lauderdale Police Department (FLPD). The grant will allow FLPD to hire an additional eight police officers who will serve in the Community Resource Unit (CRU), which seeks to improve public trust and police response capacity.
“Keeping our residents safe is a fundamental duty of government,” Frankel said. “This grant to FLPD will secure our streets and strive to improve the relationship between police officers and the community they serve.”
Fort Lauderdale is one of the most densely populated areas of Broward County. Community demands place a heavy burden on FLPD resources and its ability to provide critical emergency services. This grant comes from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program and will enhance FLPD’s capabilities. CRU officers are highly trained and assigned to crisis, crime and homelessness intervention, and quality of life issues, primarily in the downtown and beach areas. The division also includes the Mounted Unit, Homeless Outreach Unit, Crime Prevention Unit, Graffiti Unit and the newly created Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Outreach Program.
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