From West’s speech:
It’s in that spirit that I’m pleased to announce today a major new Department of Justice initiative aimed at enhancing public safety by strengthening relationships between law enforcement and communities. Under a solicitation released this morning, we are committing up to $4.75 million to establish the National Center for Building Community Trust and Justice.
This initiative – which will be jointly supported by our Office of Justice Programs, COPS Office, Civil Rights Division, Office on Violence Against Women, and Community Relations Service – will expand our base of knowledge about what works to improve procedural fairness, reduce bias, and promote racial reconciliation. It will help communities address the challenges arising from suspicion, distrust and lack of confidence in our law enforcement agencies.
In a brief chat NewsOne had with COPS officials, this new initiative should be seen as more of a grant and not the erecting of an actual facility. Instead, the center will be a consortium of sorts between COPS, the Justice Department and other law enforcement agencies to foster the connection between good policing and the needs of the communities they serve.
To learn more about National Center for Building Community Trust and Justice, visit this link.