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Murray Announces $2.1 Million in COPS Grants for Washington Communities

Mar 19 2002

11 communities to receive funds to improve student safety, hire police officers

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray today announced that $2.1 million in Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grants would go to eleven Washington state communities to improve student safety by putting officers in schools. The funds will provide funding for local law enforcement agencies to hire a School Resource Officer (SRO).

The community policing officers will perform a variety of functions from teaching crime prevention and substance abuse classes, to mentoring troubled students and building respect and trust between the law enforcement community and students.

"Community policing is a proven way to reduce crime and improve safety for all of our citizens," Sen. Murray said. "These officers will also serve as role models and mentors to our children, helping them learn community responsibility at an early age."

Sen. Murray has worked to provide funding for the COPS program, and was instrumental in restoring the budget cuts proposed by the Bush Administration last year. In the budget for the coming year, Murray and her Senate colleagues will propose 50 percent more COPS funding than the Administration.

The money will be distributed to the following Police Departments:

Department Name Full-time Positions Estimated Federal Funds Battle Ground P.D. 1 $125,000

Coulee Dam P.D. 1 $117,088

Granite Falls P.D. 1 $125,000

Kent P.D. 1 $125,000

Kettle Falls P.D. 1 $124,980

City of Mabton 1 $122,099

Mt. Vernon P.D. 2 $250,000

Napavine P.D. 1 $121,980

Port Townsend P.D. 1 $125,000

City of Ridgefield 1 $125,000

Thurston County Sheriff's Dept 6 $750,000