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 For Immediate Release — Saturday, January 20, 2001

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ANNOUNCES $112.3 MILLION IN GRANTS TO ADD OFFICERS TO AMERICA'S STREETS

Grants Fund Hiring of 1433 Cops in 369 Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) today announced the awarding of $112.3 million to fund the hiring of 1433 law enforcement officers in 369 cities and towns across the country.

"These investments represent our continuing resolve to provide big cities and small towns throughout the country with the support they need to establish and sustain safe communities", said Ralph Justus, Acting Director of the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

To date, the COPS program has funded more than 110,000 officers through approximately 31,000 grants. These grants have been awarded to more than 12,000 law enforcement agencies in support of making communities safer by increasing the number of officers available for patrol in local jurisdictions.

Funds awarded to law enforcement agencies by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services provide up to 75% of the total salary and benefits of each new officer for three years, and up to a maximum of $75,000 per officer. State or local funds pay the remainder. All jurisdictions that receive funding must submit and adhere to a plan to retain COPS-funded officer positions for at least one complete budget cycle after federal funding has ended.

In addition to funding law enforcement positions, the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services has been the catalyst for innovations in community policing, and the broad implementation of this effective law enforcement strategy. Currently, departments that employ community policing serve 87% of American communities.

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