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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Gilbert Moore

September 30, 2004 202-616-1728

COPS OFFICE AWARDS $4.6 MILLION TO FIGHT METHAMPHETAMINE

Washington, D.C.- The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) today announced $4.6 million in funding for 19 jurisdictions to combat methamphetamine. The funds were awarded under COPS Methamphetamine Training Initiative, which assists law enforcement agencies in developing and enhancing comprehensive methamphetamine eradication strategies that emphasize training and technical assistance.

The grants will be used to pay for training, equipment and supplies, officer overtime, community outreach campaigns and other approved costs. Today’s grant recipients were invited to apply for funding based on the severity of the methamphetamine problem in their area as determined by Federal Bureau of Investigation and Drug Enforcement Administration data.

Methamphetamine is a central nervous system stimulant that is sometimes referred to as crank, speed, ice or crystal. It is typically developed in clandestine laboratories by mixing readily available consumer products. Due to its characteristics, methamphetamine is difficult to detect, highly explosive during the manufacturing process, creates hazardous waste, and poses significant health risks to citizens who live near production labs and the law enforcement officers responsible for seizing and dismantling them.

"The safety threats and destructive potential posed by methamphetamine extend far beyond the users," said COPS Director Carl R. Peed. "This drug places entire communities at risk, and we are committed to strengthening the capacity of state and local law enforcement to fight the spread of methamphetamine."

Including today’s awards, COPS has invested more than $350 million in the fight against methamphetamine. In addition to supporting local efforts to combat methamphetamine, COPS also provides law enforcement agencies with a variety of community policing and technical assistance resources. Since 1994, COPS has made grants to more than 13,000 state and local law enforcement agencies to hire over 118,000 community policing officers, investing more than $10.6 billion nationwide.

To learn which jurisdictions in your area received grants.

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