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 For Immediate Release—August 15, 2002

ATTORNEY GENERAL ASHCROFT ANNOUNCES $49.4 MILLION COPS GRANT AWARD TO THE NEW YORK POLICE DEPARTMENT 

Waiver Enables N.Y.C. to Redirect Funds Toward Fiscal Recovery from 9/11

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Attorney General John Ashcroft and the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) today awarded the New York City Police Department (NYPD) a $49.4 million fiscal distress waiver. The award allows the NYPD to redirect these funds toward other critical issues resulting from last year's terrorist attack.

"On September 11th, the city of New York and her people paid a tremendous price for being one of the most visible symbols of our great nation," said Ashcroft. "While we can never repay New York's sacrifice, we will help aid her recovery."

In 2000, the COPS Office awarded the NYPD a three-year, $92 million grant to hire an additional 1,230 officers. The conditions of the grant required the NYPD to match the federal money with $76 million of local funding. Today's waiver covers a portion of the city of New York's matching funds requirement.

Immediately following September 11th, at the request of the Attorney General, the COPS Office waived $10 million in matching funds for the same grant, bringing the total amount waived to just under $60 million.