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Star For Immediate Release
October 3, 2008

CONTACT: Gilbert L. Moore
(202) 616-1728


COPS OFFICE AWARDS $9.9 MILLION IN GRANTS TO LOCATE, ARREST, AND PROSECUTE SEXUAL PREDATORS

The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) has announced $9.9 million in grants to support partnerships between state or local government agencies and their district United States Attorney's Office that focus on reducing child endangerment. The funds were awarded to 23 state and local agencies under the Child Sexual Predator Program and will help officials locate, arrest, and prosecute child sexual predators, and enforce state sex offender registration laws.

In addition to the grants, COPS will fund the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to provide approximately $600,000 in technical assistance to grant recipients. The technical assistance will include a training conference on establishing effective anti-child endangerment programs, and on-site guidance for the grant recipients. The COPS Office will also develop a "best practices" publication that documents the experience of the grantees and can be used as guidance for other municipalities and states that pursue similar anti-child endangerment partnerships.

"We are pleased to support efforts that will imprison those who prey on children," said COPS Director Carl R. Peed. "Sexual predation against children is a heinous crime, and state and local governments have come to realize that they can be most effective apprehending and prosecuting these criminals when they work together." 

The COPS Office is a federal agency responsible for advancing community policing nationwide. Since 1995, COPS has awarded over $9 billion to advance community policing, including grants awarded to more than 13,200 state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to fund the hiring and redeployment of 117,000 officers and provide a variety of knowledge resource products including publications, training, technical assistance, conferences and webcasts. 

For additional information about the Child Sexual Predator Program or to view a list of grant recipients, visit COPS website at www.cops.usdoj.gov.

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