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 For Immediate Release
August 3, 2006

CONTACT: Gilbert Moore
(202) 616-1728

NATIVE-AMERICAN LAW ENFORCEMENT GRANTED $12 MILLION TO STRENGTHEN CRIME FIGHTING EFFORTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. -The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) today announced grants totaling more than $12 million that were awarded to 103 tribal law enforcement agencies and governments to purchase much needed crime fighting equipment and to receive training and technical assistance.

The grants were awarded under COPS Tribal Resources Grant Program (TRGP), which assists tribal police departments with obtaining resources that enhance the services that they provide. TRGP funds can be used to purchase basic and specialized equipment, to implement crime fighting technology systems, and to train officers. Since 1999, COPS TRGP has provided more than $211.4 million to tribal law enforcement agencies that serve sovereign Native American communities, and to non-tribal law enforcement agencies that serve a predominantly Native American population.

"Demands on tribal law enforcement agencies are increasing, and like all police departments they are seeking more effective methods for safeguarding the communities they serve," said COPS Director Carl R. Peed. "These grants provide much need resources that translate into more effective law enforcement practices, better community policing, and ultimately, safer neighborhoods."

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 www.cops.usdoj.gov, or contact the COPS Response Center at 1-800-421-6770.

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