Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $250,000)
Following the recent approval of key congressional earmarks surrounding community improvement initiatives, the Prince William County Police Department will utilize $250,000 in funding from the Department of Justice Byrne Discretionary Community Project Grants to examine officer’s use of force by officers in the county.
The agency does recognize that officer’s using force remains a critical issue in communities worthy of exploring deeper to ensure the force used is appropriate, lawful, and not unjustly disproportionately used against members in our communities of color.
The project would be a valuable use of federal funding resources because it will strengthen police and community relationships during a time where police officer use of force remains a critical issue among law enforcement professionals and the communities they serve. This project will continue to build fairness, trust, legitimacy, and transparency with the local community and promote better evidence-based decision making regarding the use of force. "nca/ncf"