WASHINGTON — Today President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (H.R.1), which includes $4 billion in Department of Justice grant funding to enhance state, local, and tribal law enforcement efforts, including the hiring of new police officers, to combat violence against women, and to fight internet crimes against children, the Department of Justice announced.
“This funding is vital to keeping our communities strong,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. “As governors, mayors, and local law enforcement professionals struggle with the current economic crisis, we can’t afford to decrease our commitment to fighting crime and keeping our communities safe. These grants will help ensure states and localities can make the concerted efforts necessary to protect our most vulnerable communities and populations.”
Specific Department of Justice investments in the Act include:
The Act also includes funds for the administration of the Department’s Recovery Act grants and associated oversight and accountability.
Information regarding COPS can be found at http://www.cops.usdoj.gov. Press inquiries may be directed to Corey Ray, 202-616-1728.
Information about the Office of Justice Programs can be found at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov. Press inquiries may be directed to OJP’s Office of Communications at 202-307-0703.
Information about the Office on Violence Against Women can be found at http://www.ovw.usdoj.gov. Press inquiries may be directed to Joan LaRocca at 202-307-6026.