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 For Immediate Release—Thursday, March 21, 2002

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ANNOUNCES $50.6 MILLION IN GRANTS TO ADD OFFICERS TO AMERICA'S STREETS

Grants Fund Hiring of 762 Officers in 116 Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) today announced the awarding of $50.6 million to fund the hiring of 762 additional law enforcement officers in 116 cities and towns across the country.

"I'm pleased that these communities are able to use COPS funding to advance their community policing efforts and better protect their neighborhoods," said Carl Peed, Director of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

These grants were awarded under the Universal Hiring Program and fund 75% of the total salary and benefits of each new officer over three years, up to a maximum of $75,000 per officer. To date, COPS has funded more than 114,000 officers in more than 12,000 law enforcement agencies in support of making communities safer by helping increase the number of officers on patrol in local jurisdictions.

In addition to funding law enforcement positions, COPS provides critical resources, training, and technical assistance to help local law enforcement implement innovative and effective community policing strategies. COPS has made it possible for over 173,000 officers and community members to be trained through COPS nationwide network of Regional Community Policing Institutes. Recent statistics also indicate that 86% of American communities are served by departments that employ community policing.

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