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Star For Immediate Release
August 28, 2008

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


COPS OFFICE AWARDS $14.1 MILLION IN GRANTS TO NATIVE-AMERICAN LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) today announced grants totaling $14.9 million that were awarded to 80 tribal police departments and governments in 22 states. The funds 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 $314.4 million to support Native-American law enforcement agencies. This includes $237.6 million in grants made through the TRGP.

"Tribal police departments are an important part of the nation's law enforcement network, and it is vital that they have the resources to do their jobs. These grants will help ensure that tribes are better prepared to fight crime and to protect their communities," said Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey.

"We are pleased to support the efforts of tribal law enforcement agencies and we are confident that today's grants will contribute to safer communities," said COPS Director Carl R. Peed.

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

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