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 For Immediate Release—August 22, 2002

COPS OFFICE ANNOUNCES $62 MILLION TO LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT FOR CRIME FIGHTING TECHNOLOGY

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) announced $62 million in technology grants to local law enforcement agencies today. These grants, awarded through COPS Making Officer Redeployment Effective (MORE) program, will help 294 state and local law enforcement agencies purchase and deploy crime fighting technology systems.

Technology is one of local law enforcement's most pressing needs. The COPS MORE program has responded to this need by providing over $1 billion to American law enforcement agencies to enhance their crime fighting technology infrastructure. MORE grants cover up to 75 percent of the total cost of crime fighting technologies like 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.

"MORE grants help keep America safe by allowing local agencies to keep more law enforcement professionals on the streets," said COPS director Carl R. Peed. "Technology allows agencies to automate processes, improve communications, and acts as a force multiplier. This gives officers more time to patrol their communities, which is more important than ever as local law enforcement embraces its role in securing our homeland."

MORE grants not only help agencies re-deploy officers, they make time spent patrolling the community more effective. In-car data terminals and crime mapping tools, for example, help officers more quickly and effectively address crime and other community issues by enabling them to perform more extensive research and analysis while on patrol.

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