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 For Immediate Release—August 30, 2002

COPS OFFICE STRENGTHENS LAW ENFORCEMENT THROUGH OVER $225 MILLION IN GRANTS DURING AUGUST, 2002

The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) awarded a total of over $225,350,000 to tribal, state and local law enforcement agencies this month to hire almost 1,900 additional officers and to purchase much needed crime fighting technology and equipment. The grants were awarded through COPS Universal Hiring Program (UHP), Making Officer Redeployment Effective (MORE), and Tribal Resources Grant Program (TRGP).

"Throughout the nation, state and local law enforcement agencies are being called upon to enhance the services they provide," said COPS Director Carl R. Peed. "They are working to further reduce crime in our neighborhoods, and they're embracing expanded responsibilities for securing our homeland. This month's COPS grants will help them meet these challenges and better protect the communities they serve."

COPS Universal Hiring Program awards funds for state and local law enforcement agencies to hire additional officers to patrol communities. COPS provides up to 75 percent of the cost of salary and benefits for each new hire. The MORE program increases the time law enforcement officers have available to patrol neighborhoods by funding technology that supports more efficient operations. The Tribal Resources Grant Program helps Native American law enforcement agencies hire and train officers, and purchase critical crime fighting equipment and technology.

Since 1995, COPS has awarded more than $6 billion in grants to over 12,400 state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S. For additional information about COPS programs, or to learn which departments were awarded grants in August, 2002, please visit the COPS website at http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/.


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