For Immediate ReleaseWednesday, September 6, 2000
FAIRFAX, VA. Attorney General Janet Reno and the U.S. Department of Justices Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) today announced $68 million in grants to hire 599 new police officers to work in schools across the nation. These grants will go to 289 cities and towns across the country.
We know that if communities, schools, government, law enforcement, and community members work together to address the roots of violence, we can make America safer for our children, said Attorney General Janet Reno. These school resource officers will enhance school safety and enable our children to learn in a secure environment.
The COPS in Schools program is an effort to assist communities in taking a comprehensive approach to addressing the growing problem of school violence, said Thomas Frazier, Director of the COPS program. "It is our hope that by adding these additional school resource officers, every child in America will have the opportunity to go to a school that is safe and secure.
The COPS program is the Administrations initiative to add 100,000 officers to the beat and advance community policing nation wide. Community policing is a crime fighting strategy that encourages law enforcement to work in partnership with the community to identify and reduce crime problems.
To date, the COPS program has funded more than 105,000 officers. President Clinton has proposed continuing the COPS program for an additional five years to add up to 50,000 more officers to local communities. The officers hired with todays grants are the latest installment toward this goal.
Todays grants were awarded under the COPS in Schools program, which funds the hiring of community policing officers to work in primary and secondary schools. Grants provide up to $125,000 to pay for the salary and benefits of each new officer over three years.
In this award announcement, 45 states received funding including: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming.