LAS VEGAS – Acting U.S. Attorney Christopher Chiou for the District of Nevada announced today that the Department of Justice has awarded an additional $11,884,392 in grant funding to support public safety efforts across the Silver State. In total, the Department has awarded $33,881,859 to various Nevada entities since September.
“Our office and our state and local partners are grateful to the Department of Justice for continuing to provide resources to better serve our communities,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Chiou. “We appreciate the commitment demonstrated by the Office of Justice Programs and Office of Community Oriented Policing Services to protecting public safety in Nevada.”
From October through December, Nevada entities were awarded the following grants from the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) and its components:
- Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention:
- The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department was awarded $385,854, as part of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces.
- Bureau of Justice Assistance:
- The City of Winnemucca was awarded $75,749, as part of the Rural Violent Crime Reduction Initiative for Law Enforcement Agencies.
- The Division of Child & Family Services was awarded $172,939, as part of the Implementing the PREA Standards, Protecting Inmates, and Safeguarding Communities.
- The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department was awarded $933,421, as part of the DNA Capacity Enhancement for Backlog Reduction Program; and $249,580, as part of the Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program.
- Washoe County was awarded $200,000, as part of the DNA Capacity Enhancement for Backlog Reduction Program.
- The City of Henderson was awarded $250,000, as part of the Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program.
- The Nevada Department of Public Safety was awarded $296,966, as part of the Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program; and $201,426, as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods.
- Nevada Department of Corrections was awarded $500,000, as part of the Continuation of BJA Previously Funded Awards.
- The City of North Las Vegas was awarded $549,003, as part of the Adult Drug Court and Veterans Treatment Court Discretionary Grant Program.
- The National Judicial College was awarded $1,000,000, as part of the Continuation of BJA Previously Funded Awards.
- The Nevada Office of the Attorney General was awarded $5,751,772, as part of the Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Site-Based Program.
- National Institute of Justice:
- The Board of Regents Nevada System of Higher Education was awarded $567,682, as part of research and development in forensic science for criminal justice purposes.
Further, Nevada entities have been awarded the following grants from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office):
- The Nevada System of Higher Education was awarded $125,000, as part of the COPS Hiring Program.
- The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe was awarded $125,000, as part of the COPS Hiring Program.
- The City of Sparks was awarded $500,000, as part of the COPS Hiring Program.
OJP provides federal leadership, grants, training, technical assistance and other resources to improve the nation’s capacity to prevent and reduce crime, advance racial equity in the administration of justice, assist victims and enhance the rule of law. More information about OJP and its components can be found here.
The COPS Office is the federal component of the Department of Justice responsible for advancing community policing nationwide. The only Department of Justice agency with policing in its name, the COPS Office was established in 1994 and has been the cornerstone of the nation’s crime fighting strategy with grants, a variety of knowledge resource products, and training and technical assistance. Through the years, the COPS Office has become the go-to organization for law enforcement agencies across the country and continues to listen to the field and provide the resources that are needed to reduce crime and build trust between law enforcement and the communities served. More information about the COPS Office can be found here.