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 For Immediate Release
August 17, 2007

CONTACT: Gilbert L. Moore
(202) 616-1728

COPS OFFICE AWARDS $15 MILLION TO REDUCE CRIME IN LOUISIANA

Washington D.C. - The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) today awarded $15 million in grant funds to seven Louisiana municipalities and the Louisiana State Police.  The grants were awarded through three different grant programs; Secure Our Schools, COPS Technology grant program, and COPS Methamphetamine Initiative

The Secure Our Schools program enhances school safety by providing funds for metal detectors, locks, lighting, other deterrent measures, security assessments, security training of personnel and students, coordination with local law enforcement, or any other measure that may provide a significant improvement in school security.  A grant under this program was awarded to the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Department ($75,478).

COPS Technology grants provide funding to local and state law enforcement agencies for the procurement of crime-fighting technology systems that focus on data information-sharing, and the enhancement of voice interoperability between regional, state, and federal partners. Grants under this program were awarded to New Orleans ($5,998,407), Shreveport ($3,000,000), and the Louisiana State Police ($4,499,919).

Methamphetamine Initiative grants assist state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies by combating methamphetamine production and distribution, targeting drug "hot spots", and implementing comprehensive anti-methamphetamine strategies. Grants under this program were awarded to Ascension Parish ($450,000), Ouachita Parish ($354,900), Tangipahoa Parish ($450,000), and Union Parish ($187,299).

"Today's communities and the law enforcement agencies that serve them are working harder and smarter to fight crime and disorder, and COPS is pleased to support these efforts through grants and other resources that bolster local community policing initiatives", said COPS Director Carl R. Peed.

Since 1994, COPS has awarded $140 million to 226 Louisiana law enforcement agencies.  To learn more about COPS programs and resources, please visit http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/.

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COPS 2007 Louisiana Grant Recipients

Name

Amount

Purpose

Secure Our Schools Program (SOS)

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Department

$75,478

To expand security at 26 public schools in the Tangipahoa Parish Public School District designated as having concentrations of students with documented risk factors.

COPS Technology Program (TECH)

New Orleans

$5,998,407

To implement an effective voice and data communications system to be shared among law enforcement and other first responders across parish and jurisdictional boundaries. 

Shreveport

$3,000,000

To provide complete interoperability between the 25 public safety agencies in Caddo Parish, Louisiana through the implementation of a multi-disciplinary, multi-jurisdictional data communications project.

Louisiana State Police

$4,499,919

To expand statewide interoperable communications in coordination with the Louisiana Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC).

COPS Methamphetamine Initiative (METH)

Ascension Parish

$450,000

To reduce methamphetamine use and distribution in Ascension Parish and the 23rd Judicial District through the implementation of an ongoing, research-based marketing campaign.

Ouachita Parish

$354,900

To reduce methamphetamine use in Ouachita Parish through evidence-based prevention, education, enhanced intervention, treatment, and innovative approaches to enforcement of offender accountability. 

Tangipahoa Parish

$450,000

To combat and reduce the use, distribution and production of methamphetamine in the Tri-Parish area in southeast Louisiana.

Union Parish

$187,299

To form a multi-agency task force to combat the production, use, and distribution of methamphetamine throughout Union Parish.

TOTAL† $15,016,003

 

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