Hoeven: DOJ Awards Nearly $6 Million to Support Law Enforcement, Victims' Services in N.D.

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 seven grants totaling $5,933,052 to support law enforcement and victims’ services in North Dakota. The funds are awarded as follows:

• North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation – $5,600,938 – The grant, which provides funding from the Crime Victims Fund, will enhance victim services in the state.
• North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation – $132,000 – This grant will go towards victim compensation payments to eligible crime victims.
• North Dakota Office of the Attorney General – $71,530 – To improve the quality and timeliness of the services provided by the Crime Laboratory Division, which provides scientific support to the state’s criminal justice system.
• Cass County – $59,833 – This grant will provide funds to the Fargo Police Department for overtime costs of officer salaries for proactive crime prevention and crash reduction programs conducted outside the normal course of duty, including narcotic enforcement efforts. The funds will also allow the Cass County Sheriff’s Office to increase officer safety by repairing communications equipment.
• North Dakota Office of the Attorney General – $30,012 – To enhance programs designed to implement the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act of the Adam Walsh Act, which is designed to protect children and adults from sexual exploitation and violent crime.
• City of Grand Forks – $20,616 – The City and County of Grand Forks will use the funding to purchase body-worn cameras and enhance their established body-worn camera projects.
• City of Minot – $18,123 – The Minot Police Department will use the grant to purchase six body worn cameras. The remaining funds will be used by the Ward County Sheriff’s Office to purchase two laptops for use in patrol cars.

“It’s important to invest in programs that help to ensure public safety and a high quality of life,” Hoeven said. “Today’s grants will support law enforcement as they work to keep North Dakota communities safe, and they’ll also go towards providing victims of crime with the services they need to recover.”