August 26, 2009

Tribal Communities to Receive Funding to Support Law Enforcement

Four New Mexico Tribes to Receive $1.2 million

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced that the Department of Justice released $1.2 million to four New Mexico tribes to support Native American law enforcement agencies. The funding will provide for the salary and benefits of additional officers as well as the purchasing of basic equipment, crime fighting technology systems, and training.

“This funding is very important to New Mexico’s Native American communities. It means more jobs, safer streets and Tribal communities that are taken care of,” said Udall, a member of the Indian Affairs Committee.

The funding is part of the Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program and was made available through the Tribal Resources Grant Program. The grant supported 100 % of the funding and no matching funds were required by the tribes.

The following communities and police departments will receive funding:

Isleta Police Department $308,494
Pueblo of Jemez $289, 538
Jicarilla Apache Tribe $378,397
Ramah Navajo Chapter $169,100
Ramah Navajo Chapter Department of Law Enforcement $108,523
State Total: $1,254,052