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(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Senator Murray today announced increased funding for state and national law enforcement efforts included in the Senate Appropriations bill. A member of the Senate Appropriations committee, Murray secured $3 million for local efforts to fight methamphetamine labs and $1 million to develop a statewide computerized link to exchange jail booking data and help alert victims.

The Senate bill also increases funding for the Violence Against Women Act, which helps to investigate and prosecute gender-based crimes, to respond to domestic violence, and to increase arrests and successfully prosecute perpetrators of domestic violence and sexual assault. Funding for community policing and juvenile justice are also in the bill.

"Today's bill will help make our communities safer, by increasing law enforcement's ability to crack down on methamphetamine labs and prevent domestic violence and sexual assault," said Murray.

Murray worked especially hard to secure funding to fight meth labs.

Last year, the Congress sent $2 million to Washington State to help combat the explosive growth of methamphetamine labs. The State Department of Ecology cleaned up 1,449 meth labs in 2000, up from 789 in 1999. DOE expects to clean up more than 2,500 by the end of this year.

"One of the gravest threats facing our state is the growth of methamphetamine labs. This additional funding will help law enforcement in its fight against this terrible drug."

For Washington State, the Senate bill includes:

  • $ 3 million for the Washington State Methamphetamine Program, a one million dollar increase over last year. Washington state is second in the nation in the number of meth labs, which have doubled each year since 1998.

  • $1 million for the Washington State Jail Booking, Reporting and Victim Notification System. Last year, the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) began developing the statewide jail booking, reporting and victim notification system. When implemented, the system will provide a computerized link between all county and city jails for the exchange of jail booking data.

Nationally, the Senate bill provides:

  • $10 million and 55 staff for Cyber Crime and Intellectual Property Enforcement. This funding will help investigate and prosecute intellectual property crimes, including software-counterfeiting crimes. This will help protect the Washington information technology industry against piracy.

  • $390.6 million for the Violence Against Women Act. This funding will help prevent domestic violence, establish screening procedures to help indentify victims, help women through legal proceedings, and perform other vital services.

  • $1 billion for Community Policing. The COPS Program (Community Oriented Policing) provides funding to local jurisdictions to hire additional police officers to patrol their communities.

  • $323 million for Juvenile Justice Program. To set up early intervention programs for high-risk juveniles and help identify troubled youth before they become career criminals.