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 For Immediate Release 
September 23, 2003


Washington, D.C.- The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) today announced almost $6 million in funding to combat methamphetamine. Including these grants, COPS has awarded $34.3 million this fiscal year to fight the escalating methamphetamine problem. This latest funding will support a variety of methamphetamine related child endangerment, training, and environmental initiatives of local law enforcement agencies and criminal justice organizations. The grants are being awarded to fifteen law enforcement agencies and three organizations that will provide training on methamphetamine enforcement.

Methamphetamine, which is commonly referred to as "meth" or "crank", represents one of the fastest growing drug threats in America. Primarily a drug that was concentrated in southwestern states, it has spread rapidly to other regions in the nation. It is highly explosive during the manufacturing process, creates hazardous waste, and poses a significant danger to the environment and members of the community.

"The safety threats and destructive potential posed by methamphetamine extend far beyond the users," said COPS Director Carl R. Peed. "This drug places entire communities at risk, and we are committed to strengthening the capacity of state and local law enforcement to fight the spread of methamphetamine."

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.

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