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Star For Immediate Release
September 27, 2010

CONTACT: Gilbert L. Moore
(202) 616-1728

COPS Office Announces $7.5 Million to Support Innovative Policing Practices

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) today announced $7.5 million in grants to 19 organizations to develop new and effective approaches for responding to common crime and disorder problems. The grants were awarded under COPS Community Policing Development program, which funds a broad range of projects intended to serve as models for law enforcement agencies across the country.

"Police are consistently asked to find better ways to respond to crime, and we are pleased to support their efforts,"said COPS Director Bernard K. Melekian. "These grants make it possible to develop innovative community policing strategies that can be replicated by law enforcement agencies all over the country as they confront crime problems that threaten their communities."

The Community Policing Development program supports the development of innovative community policing strategies, applied research, guidebooks, and best practices that are national in scope. The program funds projects related to one of the following topic areas: homeland security; recruitment and hiring; offender re-entry and alternatives to incarceration; ethics and integrity; drugs; urban violence; children exposed to violence; school based policing; tribal policing; and a miscellaneous topic area.

The COPS Office is a federal agency responsible for advancing the practice of community policing nationwide. Since 1995, COPS has awarded over $11.3 billion to advance community policing, including grants awarded to more than 13,600 state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to fund the hiring of 121,000 officers and develop a variety of knowledge resource products including publications, training, technical assistance, conferences and webcasts.

For additional information about the Community Policing Development program, and to learn more about the grants that have been awarded, visit COPS website at