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August 26th, 2009
Congressman Grijalva Announces COPS Grant Award for AZ Tribes

Tucson, AZ –Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva announced that several Tribal Police Departments will receive a grant award from The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) under the Tribal Resources Grant Program (TRGP).

“The funding that local law enforcement agencies receive through these programs has become imperative for managing crime and for keeping our communities safe,” said Grijalva. “The tribal police departments have, over the years, offered valuable services to their communities and I am happy to congratulate all the Tribes on this award.”

The Department of Justice will award these grants, totaling over $19.6 million, through the Tribal Resources Grant Program (TRGP). These grants support Native American law enforcement agencies by funding the salary and benefits of additional sworn officers and such items as basic equipment, crime fighting technology systems, and training.

In Congressional District 7, these Tribes will receive the following:

•Cocopah Indian Tribe—$200,000
•Colorado River Indian Tribes—$199,803
•Gila River Indian Community—$400,000
•Tohono O’odham Police Department—$400,000

Grants will be awarded to 102 tribal law enforcement agencies in 21 states. All Federally Recognized Tribes were eligible for this grant program. These grants provide 100% funding for project costs; there is no local match for TRGP. Since 1995, COPS has provided more than $192.3 million to Native-American law enforcement agencies through the tribal grant programs to purchase equipment, receive training, and to hire new officers.

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