Murray Announces Grant for Bremerton Police Officers

Aug 30 2002

$250,000 will help local law enforcement acquire crime fighting technology

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced a federal grant of $250,000 for the City of Bremerton to support the purchase of crime fighting technologies.

The grant was awarded under the Community Oriented Policing Services' (COPS) Making Officer Redeployment Effective (MORE) program.

"Community policing is a proven way to reduce crime and increase safety in our communities. Our officers deserve the most up-to-date technology to help them do their jobs," said Sen. Murray. "Congressman Dicks and I have been strong supporters of the COPS program and we will continue to stand up for community policing efforts in Bremerton."

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 have proposed 50 percent more COPS funding than the Administration.

The MORE grants increase the time law enforcement officers have to spend on community policing by funding technology and equipment that enable police and sheriff's departments to operate more efficiently.

The grants cover up to 75 percent of the total cost of crime fighting technologies like mobile computing systems, personal computers, computer aided dispatch systems, crime analysis hardware and software, automated booking and video arraignment systems, and automated fingerprint identification systems.

To date, the COPS program has awarded more than $835 million to over 3500 law enforcement agencies to fund the deployment of crime fighting technologies through the MORE program.