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 For Immediate Release — Friday, February 9, 2001

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ANNOUNCES $70 MILLION IN GRANTS TO HIRE NEW POLICE OFFICERS IN AMERICA'S SCHOOLS

640 Officers to Walk a New Beat

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) today announced grants totaling $70 million to hire 640 new police officers to work in the nation's schools. These grants will be awarded to 348 law enforcement agencies representing cities and towns in 47 states across the country.

"This initiative enables police departments and school systems to implement a proactive school safety plan that includes a police officer being permanently assigned to the school system," said COPS' acting director, Ralph Justus. " As the recently publicized occurrences of school violence have shown us, deterrence and the type of early intervention that can be achieved by an officer working directly in a school are key components of school safety."

Today's grants were awarded under the COPS in Schools program, which funds both the hiring of community policing officers to work in schools, and training for the grant recipients on school safety issues. The grants will provide up to $125,000 to pay for the salary and benefits of each new officer over three years.

Since the inception of the COPS in Schools Program in 1998, the COPS program has provided $420 million to fund and train more than 3800 officers.


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