For Immediate Release
September 14, 2007
CONTACT: Gilbert L. Moore
COPS OFFICE AWARDS $49.5 MILLION TO FIGHT METHAMPHETAMINE
Washington, D.C. - The Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) announced $49.5 million in grants to fight methamphetamine. Of this amount, $43.6 million is being awarded to 117 law enforcement agencies in 38 states under COPS Methamphetamine Initiative, and $5.9 million is being awarded to 14 training organizations in 11 states under COPS Methamphetamine Training and Technical Assistance program.
COPS Methamphetamine Initiative grants can be used to help communities combat the manufacture, use, and distribution of meth, and to collaborate with other entities in the prevention and treatment of meth abuse. This is a targeted program that focuses on supporting communities facing significant meth problems based on data from the Drug Enforcement Administration's El Paso Intelligence Center, the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Report, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Treatment Episode Data Set. Communities nominated by U.S. Attorneys and all federally recognized Native American tribes were also invited to apply for funding.
COPS Methamphetamine Training and Technical Assistance program funds are intended to increase the capacity of training and technical assistance providers to develop a more informed and engaged community with regard to meth use and abuse. These projects encourage and promote the use of community policing and problem-solving strategies to combat meth and its harmful criminal, social, and environmental impact. Priority was given to projects that reflected the best capacity for having a national impact.
"Methamphetamine represents a serious threat to law enforcement, communities and the environment, and COPS is pleased to support efforts to fight this drug," said COPS Director Carl R. Peed. "Community policing has proven to be an effective strategy for combating meth."
Including these newly announced grants, COPS has awarded $355 million in grants toward the fight against methamphetamine. The COPS Office is a federal agency responsible for advancing community policing nationwide and supporting state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies. Since 1995, COPS has invested $12.4 billion to advance community policing, including grants awarded to more than 13,000 state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to fund more than 117,000 officers and provide a variety of knowledge resource products including publications, training, technical assistance, conferences and webcasts. To learn more about COPS, visit www.cops.usdoj.gov.