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 For Immediate Release—October 3, 2002

COPS OFFICE AWARDS $7.6 MILLION IN GRANTS TO STRENGTHEN RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN LAW ENFORCEMENT AND COMMUNITIES

60 Communities, 42 State Associations Receive Police Integrity Grants

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) today announced $7.6 million in grants that will help build trust and mutual respect between police and citizens. The grants are being awarded to 60 local law enforcement agencies, and 42 state associations of police chiefs and sheriffs.

COPS' Creating a Culture of Integrity initiative provides up to $125,000 to law enforcement agencies to develop new, community-conscious policies and practices regarding traffic stops, the use of force by officers, civilian review boards, community-representative recruitment and hiring, and other issues that affect public confidence in law enforcement.

"COPS is pleased to join today's grantees in taking an aggressive stance on matters of police integrity," said COPS Director Carl R. Peed. "By successfully pursuing today's grants, these agencies have exhibited a sincere commitment to ethical practices and furthering police-community trust. These grantees are acting independently to ensure their policies are in the best interest of the communities they serve."

In addition to benefiting the jurisdictions that will receive funding, the grants are intended to foster promising practices and lessons learned that can be used by other law enforcement agencies. At the end of the grant period, each grantee will submit a report detailing its experiences. These reports will become the basis for promising police integrity practices.

Since 1995, COPS has invested $10 billion to advance community policing, including grants awarded to 12,900 state and local law enforcement agencies. For additional information about COPS Integrity initiative and to learn which law enforcement agencies received grants, visit COPS website at www.cops.usdoj.gov.


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