FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                        Contact:           Office of Communications        

TUESDAY, APRIL 22, 2003                                                  Office of Justice Programs

http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov

Linda Mansour 202-616-3534                                                

Main Office: 202-307-0703

COPS Office

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Maria Carolina Rozas 202-616-1728

 

AMERICAN SAMOA RECEIVED MORE THAN $5 MILLION

FROM JUSTICE DEPARTMENT LAST YEAR

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Territory of American Samoa received more than $5.57 million from the Justice Department in Fiscal Year 2002 to assist with criminal justice activities, according to a report released by the Department today. For the second consecutive year, the Justice Department is providing an annual report detailing all funding 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: http://www.cops.usdoj.gov.

 

“We are committed to making federal funding information available to federal, state, and local officials so they can make informed decisions about allocating resources to their programs,” said Attorney General John Ashcroft.  “By partnering with American Samoa’s local policymakers, we can invest our funds wisely to ensure public safety.”

 

American Samoa’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.  The majority of states received increased funding. American Samoa received an additional $1.77 million in Fiscal Year 2002. 

 

The majority of funds a state receives usually come from larger grants awarded 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.

 

American Samoa’s largest funding category was law enforcement.  More than $2.22 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 $1.12 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 $1.02 million and $.94 million went to juvenile justice.  The counterterrorism category includes money for training emergency first responders and purchasing equipment, as well as research and development of counterterrorism technology.  Juvenile justice funds include money for delinquency prevention programs such as mentoring and reducing gang violence.  The majority of funding in the victims category ($.27 million) goes directly to the territory to provide compensation and assistance for crime victims and to combat domestic violence and sexual assault.

 

The Justice Department report lists specific grantees within the territory alphabetically by city within six functional areas and summary information for each city.  There is also a separate listing of all grants to the territory alphabetically by city.

 

American Samoa’s Fiscal Year 2002 funding report and the reports for other states and territories are available only on the OJP and COPS Office Web sites at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ and http://www.cops.usdoj.gov, respectively.  For more information about American Samoa’s funding contact the American Samoa State Administering Agencies located on OJP’s Website at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/saa/as.htm. Information about the COPS Office and its programs can be found at http://www.cops.usdoj.gov.

 

The Office of Justice Programs provides federal leadership in developing the nation’s capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice, and assist victims.  OJP is headed by an Assistant Attorney General and comprises 5 component bureaus and 2 offices: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; and the Office for Victims of Crime, as well as the Executive Office for Weed and Seed, and the Office of the Police Corps and Law Enforcement Education.  Information about OJP programs, publications, and conferences is available on the OJP Web site, http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/.

 

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