Hoeven Announces $500,000 in Funding for West Fargo & Fargo Law Enforcement to Hire Officers

Senator Recently Urged Attorney General to Release Funds that Support Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Efforts

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded a total of $500,000 in funding for the West Fargo and Fargo Police Departments. The funds are allocated through the DOJ’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program and will be used to hire additional police officers.

“The Fargo and West Fargo Police Departments do a great job of keeping their communities safe,” Hoeven said. “Today’s DOJ funding will help the departments meet increased demands by hiring additional law enforcement officers, which help ensure the continued safety and quality of life for the Fargo and West Fargo communities.”

Last week, Hoeven sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking him to release Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) funds as soon as possible. Byrne JAG funds are used by local governments and law enforcement to, among other things, purchase equipment and supplies and provide training. North Dakota has been allocated more than $460,000 in Byrne JAG funds for FY17.