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 For Immediate Release—August 29, 2002

COPS OFFICE ANNOUNCES $128 MILLION IN GRANTS TO PUT MORE OFFICERS ON AMERICA'S STREETS

Grants Help 367 Communities Hire 1750 New Officers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) announced $128 million in law enforcement hiring grants today. These grants, awarded through COPS Universal Hiring Program (UHP), will help 367 cities and towns across America hire 1750 additional law enforcement officers and deputies.

"I'm pleased that COPS can help these communities advance community policing and better protect their neighborhoods," said Carl R. Peed, Director of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. "As local law enforcement embraces its expanding responsibilities in securing our homeland these new officers will make all of us safer."

UHP grants fund 75 percent of the total cost of the salary and benefits of each new officer over a period of three years, up to a maximum of $75,000 per officer. After the grant funds expire at the end of the third year, grantees are required to retain COPS-funded positions for one full local budget cycle. To date, COPS has funded the hiring of more than 114,000 officers in over than 12,400 law enforcement agencies.

In addition to funding law enforcement positions, COPS provides technical assistance resources to help state and local law enforcement agencies implement innovative community policing strategies. The most recent statistics indicate that 86 percent of Americans are served by agencies that engage in community policing.

For additional information about UHP and to learn which law enforcement agencies received grants, visit the COPS website at http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/.

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