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 For Immediate Release
August 26, 2005

CONTACT: Corey Ray
(202) 616-1728

NATIVE-AMERICAN LAW ENFORCEMENT GRANTED $18 MILLION TO STRENGTHEN CRIME FIGHTING EFFORTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. –The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) today announced grants totaling more than $18 million that were awarded to 80 tribal law enforcement agencies and governments to hire 73 officers and purchase much needed crime fighting equipment.

The grants were awarded under COPS Tribal Resources Grant Program (TRGP), which provides funding to assist tribal police departments with hiring community policing officers, purchasing basic equipment, procuring and implementing crime fighting technology, and training & technical assistance. Since 1999, including grants awarded today, the program has provided more than $192.3 million to law enforcement agencies that serve sovereign Native American communities.

"Through these grants, we seek to increase the resources available to Native American law enforcement agencies as they rely on community policing strategies to reduce crime,” said COPS Director Carl Peed. “The funds we’re announcing today will help tribal police departments keep pace with the increasing demands being made on them to address issues ranging from traditional crime and disorder to homeland security and border protection."

The TRGP is part of a broader federal initiative to bolster the capacity of tribal law enforcement agencies. All federally recognized tribes with established police departments are eligible to receive TRGP funding. For additional information about COPS programs, visit the COPS website at www.cops.usdoj.gov, or contact COPS Response Center at 1-800-421-6770.

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