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 For Immediate Release—September 5, 2002

COPS OFFICE ANNOUNCES $122 MILLION IN GRANTS TO HIRE NEW POLICE OFFICERS IN AMERICA'S SCHOOLS

1052 Officers to Walk a New Beat

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) today announced grants totaling $122.7 million to add 1052 additional law enforcement officers to walk beats in the nation's schools. These grants are being awarded to 501 law enforcement agencies in 47 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Today's grants were awarded under the COPS In Schools program, which funds the hiring of community policing officers assigned to schools. The grants provide a maximum of $125,000 for the salary and benefits of each new officer over three years. COPS also provides school safety training for the officer and an administrator from the school where the officer will be assigned.

Many communities are discovering that trained, sworn law enforcement officers assigned to schools make a difference. Community policing officers perform a variety of functions within the school including teaching crime prevention and substance abuse classes, mentoring troubled students, and building respect between law enforcement and students. School Resource Officers (SROs) combine the functions of law enforcement and education.

"We're very pleased to support the needs of local communities by providing funding to hire additional SROs," said COPS' Director Carl R. Peed. "Law enforcement, educators, students, and parents all want our schools to be safe and secure environments that are conducive to learning. SROs are an integral part of establishing and maintaining such an environment."

Including today's grants, the COPS In Schools program has provided more than $670 million to fund and train over 5900 SROs.

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


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