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Star For Immediate Release
March 29, 2016

CONTACT: Mary Brandenberger
mary.brandenberger@usdoj.gov
202-598-6624


Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services announces grants to combat methamphetamine and heroin

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services today announced $14 million in COPS Office grant funding aimed at addressing and reducing violent crime through programs focused on methamphetamine use and production and the distribution of heroin and other opioids.

“By working with our state law enforcement partners, we can advance public safety by getting methamphetamine and heroin off the streets, shutting down laboratories and investigating illicit activities related to the distribution of these dangerous drugs,” said COPS Office Director Ronald Davis.

The COPS Anti–Methamphetamine Program is a competitive grant program that provides funds to investigate illicit activities related to the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine, including precursor diversion, laboratories, or methamphetamine traffickers. The grant program provides funds directly to state law enforcement agencies in states with high seizures of precursor chemicals, finished methamphetamine, laboratories, and laboratory dump seizures. Agencies that participate or plan to participate in anti-methamphetamine task forces with multijurisdictional reach and interdisciplinary team structures will be given additional consideration and are encouraged to apply. The COPS Office has up to $7 million for CAMP in 2016.

The COPS Anti-Heroin Task Force Program is a competitive grant program designed to advance public safety by providing funds to locate or investigate illicit activities related to the distribution of heroin or unlawful distribution of prescriptive opioids, or unlawful heroin and prescription opioid traffickers through statewide collaboration. The grant program provides funds directly to state law enforcement agencies in states with high rates of primary treatment admissions for heroin and other opioids. The COPS Office has up to $7 million for AHTF in 2016.

The COPS Office is a federal agency responsible for advancing community policing nationwide.  Since 1995, the COPS Office has invested more than $14 billion to advance community policing, including grants awarded to more than 13,000 state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies to fund the hiring and redeployment of more than 127,000 officers and provide a variety of knowledge resource products including publications, training and technical assistance. For additional information about the COPS Office, please visit www.cops.usdoj.gov.

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