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U.S. Department of Justice
 For Immediate Release
September 17, 2003

COPS OFFICE AWARDS $5.2 MILLION TO FUND INNOVATIVE COMMUNITY POLICING INITIATIVES

The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) has awarded $5.2 million to fund a variety of innovative community policing initiatives. Today's grants were awarded to 20 law enforcement agencies and criminal justice organizations to support applied research and evaluation initiatives, and the development of tools, products and best practices that will advance community policing.

The grants were awarded under a COPS program that will develop technical assistance tools that will serve as a resource to the nation's 18,000 law enforcement agencies.

"These resources will help police and sheriff's departments develop innovative community policing strategies to address local crime and disorder problems and other law enforcement priorities," said COPS Director Carl R. Peed.

Since 1995, COPS has provided more than $6.9 billion to nearly 13,000 state and local law enforcement agencies to hire over 118,000 officers, deputies, and troopers. COPS also provides law enforcement agencies with an array of community policing training and technical assistance resources.

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