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GILLIBRAND FIGHTS TO ARM LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT WITH MORE RESOURCES TO PROTECT NY COMMUNITIES, FAMILIES

August 4, 2011

· Law Enforcement Technology Grants– $250 million per year for police departments to acquire new technology and equipment for uses such as analyzing real-time crime-data and incident reports to anticipate trends in crime, mapping crime “hot spots”, examining DNA evidence, or purchasing cameras for squad cars to keep records of police encounters.

· Community Prosecutor Grants– $150 million per year to help local district attorneys hire community prosecutors that are trained to work in neighborhoods to prevent crime, build relationships in the community, and use the authority of the prosecutor’s office to improve the quality of life in the area.

Created in the 1994 Crime Bill, the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services has funded more than 120,000 community police officers in over 12,900 law enforcement agencies. The COPS program has been credited by many criminologists as an important factor in driving down crime, and it directly creates jobs and helps local governments weather the economic downturn. The COPS Office was reauthorized as part of the Department of Justice reauthorization in the 109thCongress, yet funding for the COPS program has been decimated in recent years.