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August 14th, 2007
Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva Congratulates Local Tribes for COPS Grant Award

Tucson, AZ – Representative Raúl M. Grijalva took the opportunity today to congratulate several Tribal Police Departments that reside in Congressional District 7 in receiving a grant award from The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) under the Tribal Resources Grant Program (TRGP).

The following Tribes that will receive the grant are: Colorado River Indian Tribes at $198,521, Gila River Indian Community at $396,950 and the Quechan Indian Tribe Police Departments at $79,651, respectively.

“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 grants will be awarded to 92 Tribal policing agencies, totaling $15 million. These grants support Native American law enforcement agencies and fund such items as basic equipment, crime fighting technology systems, and training. TRGP is intended to enhance the law enforcement infrastructure and community policing practices in Native American communities.

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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