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 For Immediate Release—Thursday, September 27, 2001


Washington Area Law Enforcement Agencies Get $3.4 Million

Arlington, VA. -Attorney General John Ashcroft and the Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) today announced a $625,600 grant for the Arlington County Police Department (ACPD). The announcement was made at the Arlington County Court and Police Building during a press conference hosted by Police Chief Edward Flynn and the ACPD.

One of American law enforcement's most pressing needs is technology. In response to this need, COPS has already provided over $1 billion to law enforcement agencies across the nation to enhance their crime fighting technology infrastructure. The grants through the Making Officer Redeployment Effective (MORE) program cover up to 75 percent of the total cost of crime fighting technologies such as mobile computing systems, personal computers, computer aided dispatch systems, crime analysis hardware and software, automated booking and video arraignment systems, and automated fingerprint identification systems.

The ACPD will use their grant to purchase a mobile data computer system that will enable the transmission of detailed information between precincts and officers on the beat. The system will support such things as an electronic roll call process, field reporting, performing identification checks from remote locations, and will generally provide officers with information that will allow them to be more effective in the fight against crime.

"The grants awarded to the Arlington County Police Department and other D.C. metro-area law enforcement agencies will help them do a more effective job of keeping their communities safe," said COPS director Carl R. Peed. "Law enforcement professionals consistently cite technology as one of their most critical needs. In this modern era of policing, establishing efficient practices through the use of technological advancements translates into officers having more time to spend on patrol in the communities they serve."

Other Washington area law enforcement agencies to receive grants are the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, D.C. Housing Authority Police Department, Howard County Department of Police, and the Prince George's County Police Department. In total, D.C. metro-area agencies are receiving $3.4 million in funding.

Nationwide, COPS will be awarding more than $81 million in technology grants to 546 state and local law enforcement agencies.