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 For Immediate Release
September 10, 2003

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AWARDS $36 MILLION TO NATIVE AMERICAN LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) has awarded $36 million to 124 tribal law enforcement agencies in 24 states. The grants were awarded under COPS Tribal Resources Grant Program (TRGP), and will be used to hire 102 community policing officers and purchase much needed crime fighting equipment.

Since 1995, including today's grants, COPS has provided over $270 million to Native American law enforcement agencies to purchase equipment, conduct training, and to hire more than 1,800 officers.

"Tribal police departments are a vital part of the nation's law enforcement network, and it is important they have the resources needed to protect their communities. Officers, equipment, and training are critical components of every law enforcement organization, and these grants will help ensure that tribal police departments are better prepared to fight crime," said Attorney General John Ashcroft.

"Like all law enforcement agencies, tribal police departments are seeking more effective ways to safeguard their communities. COPS is pleased to provide funds that support their efforts," said COPS Director Carl R. Peed.

The 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, click here.  For agencies in your area that received grants, click here.

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