March 03, 2009

Bingaman & Udall: New Mexico Poised to Receive Over $18 Million to Fight Crime

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that New Mexico is set to receive $18.3 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to fight crime.

The funding will be used to support a variety of anti-crime initiatives that would otherwise suffer because state and local funding is drying up due to the economic downturn. Grants can be used to upgrade equipment used by law enforcement, for prosecution and court programs, and for drug treatment and prevention programs, among other things.

"Economic hard times are often accompanied by an increase in crime - a problem that is only made worse when communities must tighten their belts and cut back on public services. This funding will help ensure that communities across the state have the funding they need to protect New Mexicans," Bingaman said.

"New Mexico's responsibility to prevent crime and protect the public is no less important and no less challenging than it was before this recession began. Yet our law enforcement agencies are being forced to get by without adequate resources. By making needed investments in our communities, we can help keep New Mexicans safe and secure," said Udall.

A total of $11.1 million will be directed to the state of New Mexico. Of that funding, a little over $5 million will be made available to communities throughout New Mexico on a competitive basis; the remainder will be allocated to the New Mexico Department of Public Safety to be distributed based on the state's priorities.

An additional $7.2 million is set aside for specific local and tribal governments. These communities must apply to the U.S. Department of Justice in order to receive the funding. Below is a list of the communities and the funding they are eligible for:

New Mexico Counties

• Bernalillo County: $514,036
• Chaves County: $29,408
• Cibola County: $33,382
• Curry County: $12,121
• De Baca County: $65,372
• Dona Ana County: $166,312
• Eddy County: $33,580
• Lea County: $26,228
• Lincoln County: $24,043
• Los Alamos County: $24,241
• Luna County: $27,818
• McKinley County: $60,405
• Otero County: $79,281
• Rio Arriba County: $24,043
• Sandoval County: $31,395
• San Juan County: $153,794
• Santa Fe County: $115,445
• Socorro County: $10,928
• Taos County: $48,085
• Torrance County: $22,056
• Valencia County: $99,549

New Mexico Communities

• City of Albuquerque: $2.8 million
• City of Alamogordo: $67,359
• City of Artesia: $17,684
• City of Aztec: $28,414
• Town of Belen: $48,284
• Town of Bloomfield: $65,372
• Town of Bernalillo: $68,949
• City of Carlsbad: $68,154
• City of Clovis: $142,666
• City of Deming: $20,665
• City of Farmington: $291,095
• City of Gallup: $143,263
• Town of Grants: $39,740
• City of Hobbs: $232,081
• Village of Los Lunas: $63,187
• City of Las Cruces: $281,558
• City of Las Vegas: $92,793
• Town of Lovington: $27,818
• City of Portales: $20,466
• City of Raton: $20,863
• City of Rio Rancho: $143,461
• Village of Ruidoso: $27,421
• City of Roswell: $232,081
• City of Santa Fe: $202,674
• City of Santa Rosa: $25,434
• Town of Silver City: $87,428
• City of Socorro: $46,496
• Sunland Park: $14,704
• Town of Taos: $31,792
• Truth Or Consequences: $24,837
• City of Tucumcari: $53,252

New Mexico Tribal Communities

• Acoma Tribal Police Dept Tribal: $13,909
• Pueblo Of Laguna Police Dept Tribal: $75,506
• Taos Pueblo Tribal Police Dept Tribal: $26,030
• Zuni Tribal Police Dept Tribal: $19,274