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Star For Immediate Release
September 04, 2008

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


U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ANNOUNCES $19.8 MILLION IN GRANTS TO ADD OFFICERS TO AMERICA'S STREETS

WASHINGTON, D.C. -

The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) today announced $19.8 million in grants to fund the hiring of 269 law enforcement officers by 62 law enforcement agencies from 32 states and Puerto Rico.

Today’s grants were awarded under COPS Universal Hiring Program, and provide up to 75% of the total salary and benefits of each new officer for three years, up to $75,000. Local funds pay the remainder. All jurisdictions that receive grants must retain the COPS-funded officer positions for at least one complete local budget cycle following the three-year federal funding period.

The grants are intended to enhance the community policing capacity of local law enforcement agencies to address violent crime.

"Today's grants will provide America’s law enforcement agencies with added manpower, and they will help make our communities safer places to live and work," said COPS Director Carl R. Peed. "The grants will place officers on the front line of the fight against crime, and will improve their ability to provide effective community policing services."

The COPS Office is a federal agency responsible for advancing community policing nationwide. Since 1995, COPS has awarded over $9 billion to advance community policing, including grants awarded to more than 13,200 state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to fund the hiring and redeployment of 117,000 officers and provide a variety of knowledge resource products including publications, training, technical assistance, conferences and webcasts.

For more information about today’s grants, or to learn which law enforcement agencies received grants, please visit www.cops.usdoj.gov.

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