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 For Immediate Release—Thursday, September 27, 2001

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ANNOUNCES $81 MILLION TO ASSIST LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES IN GAINING ACCESS TO CRIME FIGHTING TECHNOLOGY

Arlington, VA. - Attorney General John Ashcroft and the Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) today announced $81 million in law enforcement technology grants. The grants were awarded under the COPS Making Officer Redeployment Effective (MORE) program, and will provide 546 state and local law enforcement agencies with access to crime fighting technology systems.

One of American law enforcement's most pressing needs is technology. In response to this need, COPS has already provided over $1 billion to law enforcement agencies across the nation to enhance their crime fighting technology infrastructure. The grants cover up to 75 percent of the total cost of crime fighting technologies such as mobile computing systems, personal computers, computer aided dispatch systems, crime analysis hardware and software, automated booking and video arraignment systems, and automated fingerprint identification systems.

"These grants will help law enforcement agencies do a more effective job of keeping American communities safe," said COPS director Carl R. Peed. "Law enforcement professionals consistently cite technology as one of their most critical needs. In this modern era of policing, establishing efficient practices through the use of technological advancements translates into officers having more time to spend on patrol in the communities they serve."

In addition to encouraging the re-deployment of officers, the MORE program significantly increases the ability of officers to solve community problems. For example, in-car data terminals and crime mapping enable officers to analyze and research local crime and disorder problems while on patrol, improving their ability to quickly and effectively address crime/community issues.

Including today's grants, COPS has awarded more than $1.8 billion to over 3500 law enforcement agencies to fund the purchase of crime fighting technologies.

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