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Star For Immediate Release
May 8, 2008

CONTACT: Gilbert L. Moore
(202) 616-1728


COPS OFFICE ANNOUNCES $13.9 MILLION AVAILABLE IN GRANTS TO SUPPORT TRIBAL LAW ENFORCEMENT

Tribal Police Departments Invited to Apply for Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) has announced the availability of $13.9 million in grants through the Tribal Resources Grants Program (TRGP). TRGP is a comprehensive program that provides a variety of funding options including law enforcement training, uniforms, basic issue equipment, crime-fighting technology, and vehicles. The program's aim is to enhance tribal law enforcement infrastructure and community policing efforts.

This program is open to all federally recognized tribes with established police departments. In addition, tribes that are currently served by Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Law Enforcement Services may also request funding. There is no local match requirement for the program, and the COPS Office will prioritize grant awards based on the greatest demonstrated need for federal assistance.

"We recognize that adequate law enforcement services contribute to the core of a healthy community, and the goal of the COPS Tribal Resources Grant Program is to support Native American communities by strengthening the police departments that serve them," said COPS Director Carl R. Peed.

Applications can be filed online beginning on May 23rd by visiting www.grants.gov. Hardcopies of the application are available immediately and can be obtained by downloading them from www.cops.usdoj.gov, or by calling the COPS Response Center at 1-800-421-6770. To be considered for funding, applications must be completed on-line or postmarked no later than June 13, 2008. 

The COPS Office is a federal agency responsible for advancing community policing nationwide. Since 1995, COPS has awarded over $9 billion to advance community policing, including grants awarded to more than 13,200 state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to fund the hiring and redeployment of more than 117,000 officers and provide a variety of knowledge resource products including publications, training, technical assistance, conferences and webcasts.

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