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 For Immediate Release — Wednesday, September 13, 2000

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ANNOUNCES $3.2 MILLION IN GRANTS TO ADD OFFICERS TO AMERICA'S STREETS

Grants Fund Hiring of 43 Officers in 14 States

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) today announced the awarding of $3.1 million to fund the hiring of 44 officers in 24 communities across the nation.

"These grants will help deploy frontline officers devoted to community policing and to help citizens solve on-going problems, " said Attorney General Janet Reno. "Community policing helps law enforcement agencies evolve into problem solving agencies and improve the quality of life in communities across the country."

Today's grants were awarded under the Universal Hiring Program (UHP). UHP grants provide funding for 75 percent of the total salary and benefits of each officer hired over three years, up to a maximum of $75,000 per officer.

"The additional officers COPS has funded have made a big difference in our nation," said Thomas Frazier, Directors of the COPS Office. "Police chiefs, sheriffs, and criminal justice experts tell me that more police doing community policing means less crime in their neighborhoods."

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

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 that encourages law enforcement to work in partnership with the community to solve crime problems.

In this award announcement the following 14 states received funding: Arkansas, California, Delaware, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Maryland, Maine, Missouri, North Dakota, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and Vermont.

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