Hoeven: DOJ Awards More than $380K to Protect Children from Online Threats, Support DNA Analysis

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded two grants totaling $382,065 to support forensic analysis programs in North Dakota to protect children from crimes committed over the Internet and to ensure the timely analysis of DNA. The funds are awarded as follows:

  • ND Internet Crimes against Children (ICAC) Task Force – $232,065 to provide training and equipment to six affiliate agencies to establish and expand computer forensic investigations to protect children from becoming victims. The funds will also support continued monitoring of registered sex offenders and a program to educate children about the safety on the Internet.
  • ND Office of Attorney General – $150,000 to support DNA analysis and maintenance of the state’s DNA database by the Crime Laboratory Division.

“Our state’s law enforcement officials not only work to solve crimes when they occur but also to protect our families and our children from preventable crimes,” Hoeven said. “Today’s grants will support the continued operation of programs to prevent threats to our children’s safety and conduct DNA analysis to promptly resolve investigations.”