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New round of COPS grants to be announced

From The Dallas Morning News

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New round of COPS grants to be announced

 

09/30/2010

By JUAN A. LOZANO  / Associated Press

 

Justice Department officials are announcing a new round of nationwide grants from a popular government program that puts more police officers on the street.

A news conference is set for Thursday in Houston to detail grants to fund the hiring of state, local and tribal law enforcement officers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. The grants come through the Justice Department's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, or COPS, program.

Since 1995, COPS has awarded over $11.3 billion to advance community policing. Those grants have gone to more than 13,600 state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies and have paid to hire 121,000 officers.

The program began during the Clinton administration and got a boost last year when it received $1 billion in federal stimulus funding.

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