This past Thursday, Rep. Frank J. Mrvan announced a federal grant award for the Hobart Police Department under the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act program.

According to the Department of Justice, the Hobart Police Department will receive $200,000 to improve the delivery of and access to mental health and wellness services for law enforcement through the implementation of peer support, training, family resources, suicide prevention, and other promising practices for wellness programs.

Congressman Mrvan stated, “Congratulations to the Hobart Police Department for successfully securing this federal funding to support our dedicated law enforcement officers.  I look forward to continuing to advocate for mental health resources for all of our selfless first responders and ensuring they have the support they need to perform their services to the best of their abilities.”

Hobart Police Chief Garrett Ciszewski stated, “We are thankful for the assistance from Rep. Mrvan and excited to be able to provide the mental health resources to our officers, which we would have been unable to provide without this funding opportunity.  Mental health for officers has been largely overlooked for years, and this grant will provide services to our officers who deal with many stressful and traumatic incidents in their careers.”

For additional information on the Department of Justice’s Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act program, click here.