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 For Immediate Release
June 06, 2003

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ANNOUNCES $78.1 MILLION IN GRANTS TO ADD OFFICERS TO AMERICA'S STREETS

1004 New Officers to Enhance Community Safety & Homeland Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) today announced $78.1 million in grants to fund the hiring of 1004 new law enforcement officers in 181 cities and towns across the country.

The grants were awarded under the Universal Hiring Program (UHP), bringing the total level of funding COPS has dedicated to state and local law enforcement agencies to approximately $100 million since the fiscal year 2003 budget was signed into law in late February.

The officers will be assigned to a community policing beat, and will be fully integrated into the homeland security plans of each local law enforcement agency that received the grants. The grants fund 75 percent of the total salary and benefits of each new officer over three years, up to a maximum of $75,000 per officer. As part of the grant application process, law enforcement agencies were required to detail how the new officers would support local homeland security efforts.

"These grants will provide the resources state and local law enforcement need for terrorism preparedness and homeland security initiatives," said Attorney General John Ashcroft. "Our state and local partners will use these funds to fight crime, as well as to help us detect and prevent future acts of terrorism. By working together, we enhance the safety and security of America for all our citizens."

Including today's announcements, COPS has awarded over $6.8 billion in grants to fund the hiring of more than 117,000 officers, deputies, and troopers by the nation's state and local law enforcement agencies. COPS grants have been awarded to law enforcement agencies in nearly 13,000 communities.

In addition to grants to hire new officers, COPS provides critical training and technical assistance resources that help law enforcement agencies implement innovative and effective community policing strategies. Through a national network of 31 Regional Community Policing Institutes that are strategically located to address local training needs, COPS has trained more than 210,000 officers and community members.

For detailed information on which agencies in your area received grants, click here.