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Stressed out? Help may be on the way.
NIJ awards eight grants aimed at developing model programs

It’s no surprise to police officers that their jobs can be very stressful on themselves and their families. What may come as an eye-opener is that the Federal Government has taken official notice of the problem, having recently awarded several grants aimed at devising effective stress-reduction programs.

The National Institute of Justice recently announced grants to eight law enforcement agencies and police organizations under the Law Enforcement Family Support program. The grant recipients and the amounts awarded are: the Arkansas State Police, $58,970; Iowa State University, $169,618; the New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, $130,000; Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge No. 1, Baton Rouge, La., $180,000; the Miami Police Department, $47,250; the National Association of Police Organizations, $145,627; the New York State Bureau of Municipal Police, $25,030, and the Vermont Department of Public Safety, $30,000.

The family support program was one of the provisions of the 1994 Federal crime-control act. “The credit here goes to Congress, which established this as a special program initiative in the crime act,” said NIJ Director Jeremy Travis. “It set aside $1 million for last year, and will do so again this year, for both research and program development in this very important topic.”

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Excerpted from Law Enforcement News
Jan 31, 1997. 
© 1997, LEN Inc.  [ Subscribe.]