Hoeven Announces Nearly $300K in DOJ Funds to UTTC for Victim Services, Law Enforcement on Campus
WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) has awarded nearly $300,000 to United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) to support a coordinated response combatting violent crimes against women on campus through enhanced victim services, prevention and education programs as well as security and investigation strategies. Using these funds, UTTC will work in partnership with the Abused Adult Resource Center, the Burleigh County Sheriff’s Department and the Bismarck Police Department.
“There are many groups across North Dakota, including law enforcement, government and private service providers and our schools, who take on the serious task of addressing and reducing the incidence of violence in our state,” Hoeven said. “By coordinating their efforts, these groups can make an even greater impact, helping to improve public safety, alleviate the impacts of crime and reduce future offenses.”
Since the beginning of September, Senator Hoeven has announced over $3 million in funds to prevent violence against women and children, improve victim services and enhance resources and tools available to law enforcement at both the state and local level.
Senator Hoeven held a roundtable discussion in Williston earlier this month in a push to bring additional resources from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) into North Dakota to help state and local law enforcement officials with the growing number of crimes, including domestic and sexual violence, particularly in the Bakken region. In June, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, on which Hoeven serves, passed the Commerce, Justice and Science funding bill, which includes a directive to the DOJ to develop a plan to support law enforcement in North Dakota and the Bakken.
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