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 For Immediate Release
December 13, 2006

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

COPS OFFICE RESOUCES AVAILABLE TO HELP COMMUNITIES PREVENT HOLIDAY CRIMES

The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) has announced the availability of several resources intended to help law enforcement, business owners and citizens to prevent the occurrence of common crimes and disorder issues that become more prevalent during the holiday season.

The COPS Holiday Safety Package contains practical guidebooks that address issues such as check and credit card fraud, robberies at automated teller machines, identity theft, theft of and from cars in parking facilities, drunk driving, shoplifting, burglaries of retail establishments, panhandling, and crimes against tourists.

"The Holiday Safety Package contains resources that focus on the crimes we typically see this time of year and provides information on initiatives that law enforcement, retail businesses, and consumers can take to help prevent crime," said COPS Director Carl R. Peed.

COPS Holiday Safety Package is can be downloaded from COPS Online at www.cops.usdoj.gov, or it can be ordered by contacting COPS Response Center at 800-421-6770.

Since 1995, COPS has invested $11.9 billion to advance community policing, including nearly 39,092 grants awarded to more than 13,600 law enforcement agencies, the development of numerous technical assistance resources, and the provision of training through a national network of Regional Community Policing Institutes.

 

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