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U.S. Department of Justice

 For Immediate Release — Wednesday, September 13, 2000


623 Local Agencies to Receive Grants Nationwide

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) today announced grants totaling $38.9 million to hire civilians in order to re-deploy more police to the beat.

"Getting officers out into communities and away from their desks is the objective of this COPS initiative, " said Attorney General Janet Reno. "These funds to hire personnel to perform administrative tasks provide the civilian support law enforcement agencies need to re-deploy officers to the streets of America."

Today's grants were awarded under the COPS MORE 2000 (Making Officer Redeployment Effective) program that provides departments with one-year grants to hire civilians support staff to perform administrative tasks. This allows officers that typically spend time typing reports and conducting other tasks in the stationhouse to be freed to devote more time to community policing. To receive a grant, applicants must demonstrate that the civilian support staff requested will result in substantial time-savings to the department.

"Community policing stresses the prevention of crime before it occurs, and places increased demands on law enforcement resources," said Thomas Frazier, Director of the COPS Office. "Re-deployment is central to the transformation of policing agencies from being reactive to proactive in their attempt to reduce crime."

The COPS program is the Administration's initiative to add 100,000 officers to the beat and advance community policing nationwide. Community policing is a crime fighting strategy whereby law enforcement works in partnership with the community to identify and reduce crime problems.

To date, the COPS program has funded more than 109,000 officers. President Clinton has proposed continuing the COPS program for an additional five years to add up to 50,000 more officers to the beat. The officers added with today's grants are the latest installment toward this goal.

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