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Title: Community Policing: Information on the "Cops on the Beat" Grant Programs
Corporate Author: US Government Accountability Office
General Government Division
United States of America
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 22
Sponsoring Agency: Azimuth Inc.
Fairmont, WV 26554
US Government Accountability Office
Washington, DC 20548
Publication Number: GAO/GGD-96-4
Sale Source: Azimuth Inc.
1000 Technology Drive, Suite 3120
Fairmont, WV 26554
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report presents the methodology and findings of a review of various aspects of the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Program, "Cops on the Beat."
Abstract: The report describes the grant application, selection, and monitoring processes for the COPS: Phase I, COPS Funding Accelerated for Smaller Towns (FAST), and COPS Accelerated Hiring, Education, and Deployment (AHEAD) programs. The review also provides for the COPS FAST and COPS AHEAD programs a comparison of the crime rates in applicant and nonapplicant jurisdictions, the reasons some jurisdictions chose not to apply for COPS program grants, and the public safety issues identified by a sample of jurisdictions applying for COPS FAST grants. Researchers conducted telephone interviews with a random sample of 289 nonapplicant jurisdictions to determine why they did not apply for a grant. They also reviewed a random sample of 207 COPS FAST approved applications to determine public safety issues identified by applicant jurisdictions. Overall, the higher the crime rate, the more likely a jurisdiction was to apply for a COPS grant. Approximately 92 percent of jurisdictions that applied for a grant received initial approval. The primary reasons the contacted jurisdictions chose not to apply for COPS grants were cost-related. Property crimes and domestic violence were the most often included crimes in the top five public safety issues among approved COPS FAST applicants. Appended details of objectives, scope, and methodology
Main Term(s): Community policing
Index Term(s): Federal aid; Grants or contracts
Note: Report to the Chairman, Committee on the Judiciary and the Chairman, Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts, Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. Senate.
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