The Office of Justice program and the Bureau of Justice Assistance have recently awarded a grant to fund the enhancement and training of law enforcement to Missouri Western State University and the Missouri Regional Community Policing Institute in the amount of $714,010.Â
The Missouri-Regional Community Policing Institute or MO-RCPI, was established in 1997.
It is one of 27 RCPIâ€™s around the country that have been founded through the United States Department of Justice.
Bryan Courtney, Missouri Westernâ€™s RCPI Program Director, plays a main part in getting grants and funds to further the training of our policing institute.
â€œWe have ten years of experience in developing our own curriculum and training,â€ Courtney said.
Missouri Westernâ€™s RCPI will be the main one in charge of delivering and coordinating training to RCPIâ€™s in other states.
There will be training sessions in areas such as gangs, counter terrorism and various other topics.
â€œWeâ€™re putting together training programs that are necessary for state and local law enforcement,â€ Courtney said.
The Bureau of Justice Assistance had no way to distribute training and development of law enforcement until the RCPIâ€™s were created.
Basically, the 27 RCPIâ€™s are responsible for taking the training mechanisms that the Bureau has and putting them into action in the various areas of the country.
The grant received by Western and MO-RCPI is part of the Edward Byrne Memorial Discretionary Grants Program.
â€œI made a proposal to BJA through the Byrne Memorial Discretionary Grants Program and the guideline was that it had to further the department mission by assisting state and local jurisdictions in improving the criminal justice system,â€ Courtney said.
â€œWith our RCPI experience, we developed an expertise in many of the things the BJA was already doing,â€ said Courtney.
The grant will help Missouri Western as well as the MO-RCPI and our sister RCPIâ€™s in training and developing law enforcement in many areas and communities.
â€œItâ€™s cool we got the money, but the reason we do this is to help communities right down to the individual level,â€ Courtney said. â€œItâ€™s gonna help police officers and police agencies better serve their community.â€
Along with this grant Missouri Western may also be getting other ones in the future.
â€œWe still have two other proposals out to BJA and may be getting more money soon,â€ said Courtney.