November 20, 2002
University Public Safety to Receive $225,000
Grant from U.S. Department of Justice
University, PA --- Lincoln University has been selected
by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community
Oriented Policing Services (COPS) as one of nearly 400
cities and towns nationwide to receive funding from a
$128 million grant to hire 1,750 additional law enforcement
officers and deputies.
Universitys Public Safety Department will receive
a $225,000 grant through the COPS Universal Hiring Program
(UHP) to expand the Universitys force by three full-time
officers. According to Public Safety Director Larry Woods,
the department currently has a 37-member staff, including
23 public safety officers and four sergeants. This includes
three newly-hired public safety officers.
the University's student, faculty and staff population
continues to grow, so does the need for increased public
safety and security personnel on campus,Woods said.
Hiring additional safety and security officers will
allow us to be more responsive to these key groups.
According to the Office of Student Affairs and Enrollment
Management, Lincoln University received more than 4,000
student applications from students seeking admission to
the University for the 2002-2003 academic year, a 26 percent
increase over last year. The Universitys undergraduate
and graduate student enrollment has increased from 1,871
to 1,998 (1561 undergraduate and 437 graduate).
grants fund 75 percent of the total cost of the salary
and benefits of each new officer over
a period of three years, up to a maxium of $75,000 per
officer. After the grant funds expire at the
end of the third year, grantees are required to retain
COPS-funded positions for one full local
budget cycle. To date, COPS has funded the hiring of more
than 114,000 officers in more than
12,400 law enforcement agencies nationwide.
addition to funding law enforcement positions, COPS provides
technical assistance resources
to help state and local law enforcement agencies implement
innovative community policing
strategies. The most recent statistics indicate that 86
percent of Americans are served by
agencies that engage in community policing.
in 1854, Lincoln University is a premier, Historically
Black University that combines
the best elements of a liberal arts and sciences-based
undergraduate core curriculum and
selected graduate programs to meet the needs of students
living in a highly technological
and global society. The University is nationally recognized
as a major producer of African
Americans with undergraduate degrees in the physical sciences.
more information on the Open House, please contact Lincoln
Universitys Office of
Admissions at (610) 932-3206. For more information on
Lincoln University, please visit our web
site at www.lincoln.edu.