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 For Immediate ReleaseóDecember 5, 2001


Law Enforcement Agencies in Buffalo, N.Y., Chula Vista, Calif., South Euclid,Ohio, and Rogers County, Okla. Recognized For Innovative Policing Practices

San Diego, CA. - Four projects funded by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) were selected as finalists for one of law enforcement's most prestigious recognitions, the Herman Goldstein Award.

The award recognizes innovative problem-oriented policing projects that have achieved measurable success in resolving specific and recurring crime, disorder or public safety problems faced by law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve. Initiatives administered by the Buffalo, N.Y., Chula Vista, Calif., South Euclid, Ohio police departments and the Rogers County, Okla. Sheriff's department were chosen from more than 80 local initiatives considered for this year's award, named in honor of University of Wisconsin Law School Professor Emeritus Herman Goldstein. Professor Goldstein is widely recognized as the father of problem-oriented policing, a strategy calling on law enforcement agencies to identify, analyze, respond to, assess, and ultimately prevent the underlying circumstances that result in persistent crime problems.

The finalists were announced today during a conference hosted by the Police Executive Research Forum, a leading organization of progressive police executives from the largest city, county, and state law enforcement agencies nationwide. Each COPS-funded finalist received a grant that supported their work with the community to address persistent crime and disorder problems.

"The inititaves carried out by these agencies have had a significant impact on the quality of life in their communities," said COPS Director Carl R. Peed. "We are proud of their accomplishments and we commend the departments, officers, and community organizations involved for working together so effectively. Moreover, we are glad that COPS grants have had such a positive impact."

In addition to the type of grants received by the four Goldstein Award finalists, the COPS Office provides a variety of other grant and technical assistance resources to state and local law enforcement agencies to advance community policing. A recent study indicates 64% of American law enforcement agencies, serving 86% of the U.S. population, practice community policing. Since 1994, COPS has provided funding to more than 12,400 state and local law enforcement agencies to hire over 114,000 police officers, sherriff's deputies, and state troopers.