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New Jersey Creates Community Policing Grant to Honor Fallen Officer

A new grant for police departments across New Jersey has been named after Detective Matthew L Tarentino of Summit, NJ. The “Detective Matthew L. Tarentino Community Policing Grant Program” will provide $10,000 individual grants to state, county, and municipal police departments, sheriff’s offices and college campus police departments. The grants are for innovative programs that will foster better police and community relations. “Detective Tarentino was respected and beloved in his community because he embodied all of the best qualities of a police officer and role model,” said New Jersey Attorney General, Chris Porrino. “We hold Matthew up as a model of community policing and public...

Grand Rapids’ Grand Plan for Police and Community Relations

How do community members discuss big issues like policing? Grand Rapids, MI is beginning a “police and community relations” program that will include a series of community listening sessions to increase engagement of all citizens in this issue. The community outreach plan includes listening sessions which will be used to decide how the city will utilize $1 million per year to enrich the relationship between community members and the police in Grand Rapids. Described on the city’s website as an “ongoing, robust and authentic community outreach plan,” it will be led by a commission and will focus on recommendations made by the Safe Alliances for Everyone...

Police Caught Doing Good

News surrounding the United States police force has not always been positive; this is especially true in recent months. Media appears to only portray officers who have killed or been killed. These are the stories that the press love to jump on. Many times, they are the only things we hear about the police. While the latter cannot be ignored, there are so many underrepresented officers on the force serving, protecting, and going the extra mile for their communities. It is important that as citizens we do not lose sight of all the good these men and women do for us. A Plus, a digital media company...