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 For Immediate Release
October 2, 2003

AMERICAN LAW ENFORCEMENT RECEIVES $635 MILLION IN COPS OFFICE SUPPORT DURING FISCAL YEAR 2003

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) awarded America's state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies $635 million in grants to reduce crime during federal fiscal year 2003 (Oct. 1, 2002 - Sept. 30, 2003). COPS awarded 1,620 grants to 1,577 police departments and sheriffs' offices in all 50 states and four U.S. territories.

Funds from these grants will be used to help law enforcement agencies hire 2,726 full time and 46 part-time officers to patrol communities and schools; advance community policing; supplement local homeland security overtime budgets; help metropolitan areas implement interoperable communication systems between the various emergency service providers within the same region; help tribal law enforcement agencies purchase much needed equipment; enable local governments to make safety enhancements to the infrastructure of their schools; reduce the harmful environmental and social impact of methamphetamine; support the purchase of crime fighting technology; to provide regional training to law enforcement personnel and citizens through a network of Regional Community Policing Institutes; and to develop technical assistance resources that can be used to help law enforcement agencies in other parts of the country confronting similar challenges.

"Throughout the nation, state and local law enforcement agencies are taking innovative steps to fight crime and ensure the safety of communities that they serve. At COPS we listen to law enforcement and community leaders to determine what resources are needed to advance community policing, and then we work hard to ensure that those resources are delivered efficiently," said COPS Director Carl R. Peed. "COPS is proud to serve the men and women of law enforcement".

COPS supports law enforcement in many ways. In addition to grants, COPS offers technical assistance, a wide variety of training on innovative community policing strategies, and numerous publications that help law enforcement agencies address specific crime problems.

Since 1995, COPS has awarded more than $10.6 billion to more than 13,000 state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the country. For additional information about COPS programs, or to learn which departments were awarded grants during federal fiscal year 2003, see below.

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