U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science, today announced that the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) will award $484,429 to the Alabama Department of Public Safety for the Child Sexual Predator Program (CSPP). Senator Shelby was instrumental in securing this funding. The CSPP attempts to reduce child endangerment through grants to state and local governments to help them locate, arrest, and prosecute child sexual predators and exploiters, and to enforce state offender registration laws.
“To commit a crime against a child is abhorrent and we must ensure that criminals who do commit these despicable acts are located, arrested, and prosecuted,” said Shelby. “The CSPP is critical to ensuring that our local governments have the resources necessary to track child sexual predators and keep them off our streets. We must do all we can to protect our nation’s most vulnerable citizens—children.”