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 For Immediate Release
August 19, 2004

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ANNOUNCES $40 MILLION IN GRANTS TO ADD OFFICERS TO AMERICA'S STREETS

93 Communities Receive Funds to Hire 535 New Officers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) today announced $40.1 million in grants to 93 state and local law enforcement agencies in 29 states and Puerto Rico, and will be used to hire 535 community policing officers.

The grants were awarded under COPS Universal Hiring Program, and provide 75% of the total salary and benefits of each new officer over three years, up to a maximum of $75,000 per officer. Including today's grants, The Department of Justice, through the COPS office, has funded the hiring of over 118,000 officers by more than 13,000 law enforcement agencies since 1994.

"I am pleased that the cities and towns that received today's grants are able to use COPS funding to advance their community policing efforts and provide better protection for their citizens," said Carl Peed, Director of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. "These funds will provide police and sheriff's departments with added resources and will help make our communities safer places to live and work."

In addition to providing funding to hire officers, COPS offers training and technical assistance resources that help state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies implement innovative and effective community policing strategies. Recent statistics indicate that 64 % of U.S. law enforcement agencies, serving 86% of the American population, engage in community policing.

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