Amid nationwide protests to defund police departments, $4.5 million has been granted to the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act Program, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday.
The money will be used to improve mental health services for law enforcement, according to the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services announced.
Mental and psychological health is critical for law enforcement officers to effectively do their jobs, according to a Justice Department news release.
“As a law enforcement professional with over 50 years of experience, I know firsthand the pressures that accompany this most noble profession,” COPS Director Phil Keith said.
“This Department of Justice is committed to protecting the health and wellness of a police department’s most valuable asset — the men and women that leave their homes every day with a mission to protect and serve,” Keith added.
“The grants announced today will provide departments with key mental health and wellness services.”
The newly allocated funds will reportedly cover training and technical assistance, suicide prevention programs and peer mentorship education for law enforcement officers.
The COPS Office is in charge of advancing community policing across the nation and has invested over $14 billion in community efforts since 1994, according to the Justice Department.
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