The Community Development Block Grant provides funding for critical public services, which includes assistance to the City’s Community Oriented Police Enforcement (COPE) Program. This program has operated since 1996 and was continued again in 2017. It is the mission of the Community Oriented Police Enforcement (COPE) Unit to work with all citizens to preserve life, protect property, and promote individual responsibility and community commitment. Our COPE Officer can be seen attending Neighborhood Watch meetings, addiction support groups, as well as numerous youth events throughout different neighborhoods. Funds are also used to support expenses related to neighborhood bike patrols. In 2017, the City of Parkersburg allocated $75,000 for this important program.