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 For Immediate Release
August 17, 2007

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

COPS OFFICE AWARDS $14.7 MILLION IN GRANTS TO NATIVE-AMERICAN LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) has announced grants totaling $14.7 million that were awarded to 92 tribal police departments and governments in 23 states. The funds are intended to support tribal law enforcement efforts to reduce crime and disorder, and to enhance the services that they provide.

The grants were awarded under COPS Tribal Resources Grant Program (TRGP), which funds the purchase of crime-fighting technology systems, basic law enforcement equipment, and can also be used to procure training and technical assistance. Since 1995, COPS has provided more than $289.1 million to support Native American law enforcement agencies. This includes $215.4 million in grants made through the TRGP.

"Law enforcement agencies that serve Native American communities are being challenged to find more effective and efficient methods of maintaining public safety," said COPS Director Carl R. Peed. "We are pleased to support these efforts through our Tribal Resources Grant Program."

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 COPS Online or contact COPS Response Center at 1.800.421.6770.

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