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NORTH CAROLINA RECEIVED MORE THAN $97 MILLION
FROM U. S. JUSTICE DEPARTMENT LAST YEAR

RALEIGH - United States Attorney Frank D. Whitney announced that according to a recently released Justice Department report, the State of North Carolina received more than $97.38 million from the U. S. Justice Department in Fiscal Year 2002 to assist with criminal justice activities. The report details all funding that the Department's Office of Justice Programs (OJP) and Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office have awarded to each state and territory. The report is available online at: www.ojp.usdoj.gov/fy2002grants and www.cops.usdoj.gov.

According to U. S. Attorney Whitney, local agencies in the 44-county Eastern District of North Carolina received a total of $12,350,506.00 in OJP and COPS Grants for FY 2002. North Carolina agencies, which also provide services to the counties and cities of the Eastern District and throughout the state, received a total of $60,681,236.00. Attached is a listing of specific grantees for both the Eastern District and the state agencies, with summary information for each.

U. S. Attorney Whitney said, "By making federal funding information available to federal, state, and local officials, the Justice Department is helping them to make informed decisions about allocating resources to their programs. This cooperative partnership with state and local policymakers also ensures that federal funds are invested wisely to ensure public safety."

North Carolina's funding was part of a total of more than $5.47 billion that the Justice Department awarded to every state and territory. The Justice Department awarded states and territories $249.77 million more in Fiscal Year 2002 than in Fiscal Year 2001. North Carolina received an additional $3.71 million in Fiscal Year 2002.

The majority of funds are allocated to states based on population, so heavily populated states received more funding than less populated states. The funding report also includes discretionary grants that are awarded competitively to communities or nonprofit agencies, including faith-based organizations.

North Carolina's largest funding category was law enforcement. Nearly $38 million of the total amount was awarded for initiatives such as hiring and training police officers, training emergency first responders and purchasing equipment. Funds awarded by the COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) Office are included in this category as are the Bulletproof Vest Program grants, which are new to the report this year. The COPS Office provides grant funding to advance community policing in jurisdictions across the country.

The next largest category, at $18.0 million, was substance abuse. Funds were awarded for interdiction and enforcement efforts and prevention and drug treatment programs, including drug courts. Counterterrorism activities, a new functional area added to the report this year, received $11.52 million, and $15.39 million went to juvenile justice. The counterterrorism category includes money for training emergency first responders and purchasing equipment, as well as research and development of counterterrorism technology. Juvenile justice funds include money for delinquency prevention programs such as mentoring and reducing gang violence. The majority of funding in the victims category ($11.69 million) goes directly to the state to provide compensation and assistance for crime victims and to combat domestic violence and sexual assault.

A large portion of the community-based category funding, $3.04 million last year, is provided through the Weed and Seed program. Weed and Seed is a strategy that aims to prevent, control, and reduce violent crime, drug abuse, and gang activity in targeted high-crime neighborhoods.

For more information about North Carolina's funding contact the North Carolina State Administering Agencies located on OJP's Website at www.ojp.usdoj.gov/state.htm Information about the COPS Office and its programs can be found at www.cops.usdoj.gov.

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