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Star For Immediate Release
September 30, 2010

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


COPS Office Awards $3.9 Million to Tribes to Fight Methamphetamine

Washington - U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) announced $3.9 million in grants to 25 tribes under its’ Tribal Methamphetamine Initiative.  COPS is also funding a $1 million training and technical assistance project that will support tribal methamphetamine enforcement efforts.

Tribal Methamphetamine Initiative grants provide up to $200,000 in funding for tribes to develop and implement programs that address methamphetamine related health and safety issues. Grant funding covers expenses such as personnel, equipment, training, travel, and other costs directly related to mitigating methamphetamine.  All federally recognized tribes were eligible to apply for funding.

"The safety and health threats posed by methamphetamine extend far beyond the users,” said COPS Director Bernard K. Melekian. “Meth places entire communities at risk, and we are committed to strengthening the capacity of tribal law enforcement to respond to this destructive drug."

The COPS Office is a federal agency responsible for advancing community policing nationwide. Since 1995, COPS has awarded over $11.3 billion to advance community policing, including grants awarded to more than 13,600 state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies to fund the hiring of officers and provide a variety of knowledge resource products, including community policing publications, training and technical assistance.
For additional information about the COPS Office Tribal Methamphetamine Initiative, and to learn which tribes received grants, please visit COPS website at www.cops.usdoj.gov.

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