The Justice Department has awardedÂ a total of $6.3 million in grants to eight organizations to support theirÂ studies on law enforcement investigations and police-communityÂ relations.
DOJ said Friday the studies are designed toÂ find new strategies that will work to boost police-community collaboration, aid officer wellness and safety, secure the privacy of witnesses and victims, stopÂ child pornography and tackleÂ unprocessed sexual assault evidence.
“These awards represent NIJ’s continued commitment to advance policing science,” saidÂ NIJ Director Nancy Rodriguez.
Institutions thatÂ will receive fundingÂ are as follows:
- The Police Foundation
- Florida State University
- National Opinion Research Center
- New York University
- Old Dominion University Research Foundation
- Syracuse University
- University of South Carolina
- Georgia Tech Research Institute/Georgia Tech Applied Research Corp.
- University of Rhode Island
The grants areÂ part of the National Institute of Justice’s research plan that aimsÂ to update law enforcement technology and policing practices, driveÂ police-community engagement and ensureÂ the safety of law enforcers at the state, local and tribal levels.
The plan works toÂ support President Barack Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing that intendsÂ to identify new practices to helpÂ promote crime reductionÂ andÂ raise public trust.