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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Gilbert Moore

September 10, 2004 (202) 616-1728

COPS OFFICE AWARDS $24 MILLION TO NATIVE AMERICAN LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) today announced that it has awarded $24 million to 114 tribal law enforcement agencies in 24 states. The grants were awarded under COPS Tribal Resources Grant Program (TRGP).

TRGP funds are awarded to enhance the law enforcement infrastructure and community policing practices in Native American communities, and fund such items as basic equipment, crime fighting technology systems and training.

Including today's grants, COPS has awarded more than $181.8 million in grants to Native-American law enforcement agencies through the Tribal Resources Grant Program.

"Tribal law enforcement agencies are a vital part of America's safety network," said COPS Director Carl Peed. "These grants provide much needed resources that ultimately translate into more effective law enforcement practices, better community policing, and safer neighborhoods."

TRGP is part of a broader federal initiative to increase 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 TRGP and agencies in your area that received grants, please see also:

 

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