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MADISON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen today announced the awarding of $701,300 in state County-Tribal Law Enforcement Grants to 19 cooperative county-tribal programs statewide. The grant program is designed to foster cooperation and mutual commitment by the counties and tribes to the unique law enforcement issues on tribal lands.
"This cooperative grant program has helped tribes and county law enforcement officials to identify areas that need more law enforcement focus on tribal lands," said Van Hollen. "By funding cooperative program plans, these grants allow funding of targeted law enforcement services."
The grant program funds a variety of law enforcement services to Native American communities across Wisconsin. Grants have been used for the costs of patrol, investigation, crime prevention, K-9 units and information technology. Awards have also funded law enforcement training, alternatives to drug and gang involvement, diversity training and emergency/rescue equipment. An increasing number of grants are awarded to programs that include tribal police departments, while most generally help pay for services provided by the county sheriffs to Native American reservations and communities.
Grant awards are allocated using a formula consisting of three criteria: Native American population; violent crime rate; and unemployment rate. This year's funding of 19 programs represents the largest number of cooperative plans funded in the 22-year history of the program.