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U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services
To expand the implementation of community policing and meet the critical needs of law enforcement in tribal nations, the COPS Office awards Tribal Resources Grant Program (TRGP) funding through the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) every year.
These funds can be used by tribal law enforcement for a variety of purposes, including hiring officers, acquiring equipment, and providing training to enhance community policing efforts. Through these measures, they can strengthen their prevention strategies and improve criminal investigations in areas such as human trafficking and missing or murdered Indigenous people.
The funding can also be used to enhance other crime control efforts such as law enforcement response to illegal drug use and trafficking, the implementation or expansion of community policing strategies, and the development of a crime control plan with the community.
In 2020, awards were granted to 41 tribes in the following categories:
In addition to the TRGP, the COPS Office made several awards to tribal law enforcement agencies under other grant programs. These awards include the following:
In response to the law enforcement emergency in rural Alaska declared by Attorney General William Barr in June 2019, TRGP–Hiring provided funding for 20 officers in Alaska Native villages in 2019. As a result, 40 officers are now funded to Alaska Native villages by all grant programs for FY 2019 and FY 2020.
TRGP–Technical Assistance (TRGP–TA) has also awarded two grants in the following areas:
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