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 For Immediate Release
September 18, 2003


17 states to receive funding to purchase over 700 video cameras

Washington, DC. - Attorney General John Ashcroft and the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) today announced $3.1 million in grants to fund the purchase of more than 700 in-car video cameras. These grants will go to 17 state law enforcement agencies to help promote officer safety and integrity.

Grants were awarded to state law enforcement agencies in Alabama, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Virginia, Vermont, and Washington.

"These cameras can benefit and protect both officers and citizens," said COPS Director Carl R. Peed. "In-car cameras help ensure the ethical and fair application of the law during traffic stops and they deter assaults on officers. They can also serve as a training tool and evidence during trials."

This is just one of the many programs administered by COPS to help local law enforcement agencies better serve their communities. Including grants awarded today, COPS has provided more than $21 million to fund the purchase of 5048 in-car video cameras nationwide.

COPS provides law enforcement agencies with an array of community policing training and technical assistance resources intended to increase their capacity to fight crime. COPS also funds the hiring of community policing officers. Since 1995, COPS has provided more than 6.9 billion to nearly 13,000 state and local law enforcement agencies to hire over 118,000 officers, deputies, and troopers.