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 For Immediate Release—September 24, 2002

COPS AWARDED $668 MILLION TO AMERICAN LAW ENFORCEMENT IN THE YEAR AFTER SEPTEMBER 11 TERROR ATTACKS

The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) awarded America's state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies $668 million in grants to reduce crime during federal fiscal year 2002 (Oct. 1, 2001 - Sept. 30, 2002). COPS awarded these grants to 1916 police departments and sheriffs' offices through various programs that focus on keeping America safe through community policing.

COPS funding enables state and local law enforcement agencies to increase the number of officers that patrol communities and schools, purchase crime-fighting technology and equipment, enhance police integrity initiatives, and reduce the spread of methamphetamine.

"COPS programs support the needs of state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies with tools and funding that help attack crime and its many causes," said COPS Director Carl R. Peed. "COPS works closely with police departments and sheriffs' offices to find ways to meet their needs. In addition, COPS grants, training, and technical assistance can significantly improve American law enforcement agencies' ability to meet new challenges, especially as we face the threat of terrorism."

COPS supports law enforcement in many ways. In addition to grants, COPS offers technical assistance, a wide variety of training in innovative community policing strategies, and numerous publications that help law enforcement agencies address specific crime problems. COPS delivers much of this training through the national network of COPS-funded Regional Community Policing Institutes (RCPIs).

Since 1995, COPS has awarded more than $8 billion to help support more than 14,000 state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S. For additional information about COPS programs, or to learn which departments were awarded grants during federal fiscal year 2002, please visit the COPS website at www.cops.usdoj.gov.


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