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 For Immediate ReleaseóNovember 13, 2002

COPS OFFICE ANNOUNCES $3 MILLION IN GRANTS TO PURCHASE IN-CAR CAMERAS

20 states and the District of Columbia to receive funding to purchase over 700 video cameras to increase officer safety and promote integrity

Washington, DC. - The Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) today announced $3 million in grants for the purchase of 747 in-car video cameras by 20 state police agencies and the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department. COPS will also provide over $500,000 in training to the grantees to assist with the proper installation and use of the cameras.

Placing video cameras in law enforcement patrol vehicles promotes officer safety and integrity, and can be particularly beneficial to law enforcement agencies, officers, and citizens during traffic stops. In-car cameras serve as a deterrent to assaults on officers, as a training device, and as evidence in trials.

"Over the past few years both law enforcement agencies and the public have come to appreciate the security provided by in-car cameras," said COPS' Director Carl Peed. "Cameras help provide an objective record of what takes place during traffic stops or other scenarios. They encourage professionalism on the part of the officer and cooperation on the part of the public. COPS is pleased to be able to provide these resources."

Including the grants announced today, COPS has provided $18.2 million to fund the purchase of more than 4,300 in-car video cameras.

Since 1995, COPS has invested $9.6 billion to advance community policing, including grants awarded to 12,900 state and local law enforcement agencies. For additional information about COPS In-car Camera program and to learn which law enforcement agencies received grants, visit COPS website at www.cops.usdoj.gov.