LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – US attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich announced US Justice Department grants of $ 1,957,208 to help combat and prevent violent crime in Nevada District. The grants, awarded by the Department’s Office of Justice Programs, are part of more than $ 458 million to support state, local, and tribal law enforcement efforts to combat violent crime in jurisdictions across the United States.
“One of the fundamental roles of government is protecting its citizens and upholding the rule of law,” said Attorney General William P. Barr. The Department of Justice will continue to fulfill this critical responsibility by doing everything in its power to assist our state, local and tribal law enforcement and criminal law partners in fighting crime and ensuring justice on behalf of all Americans. “
The funding announced on Monday continues the Trump administration’s commitment to reducing crime and improving public safety. In the two years before President Trump took office, America had seen a steep increase in crime, especially in serious violent crimes, said the US prosecutor.
“Violence has become a tragic reality in too many American communities,” said Katharine T. Sullivan, deputy assistant attorney general for OJP. “Working with officials in the Trump administration and with thousands of state, local, and tribal criminals across the country, the Department of Justice is leading the response to this pressing challenge. OJP is pleased to make these resources available to support innovative, tested, and diverse solutions to violent crime. “
However, some cities are seeing noticeable countertrends.
Today’s grants will support crime fighting efforts in these communities and in jurisdictions across the United States.
“Lowering violent crime rates to improve public safety was a top priority for our office,” said US attorney Trutanich. “These funds will continue to make our communities in Nevada even safer as our law enforcement partners use the new resources of the Office of Justice Program.”
The president put community safety high on his agenda, and crime rates have steadily declined since then, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Current data from the FBI and the Bureau of Justice Statistics for 2019 show a third consecutive year of decline in crime and serious victimization.
Of the more than $ 458 million awarded nationwide, the OJP’s Bureau of Justice Assistance awarded 1,094 grants totaling more than $ 369 million to support a wide range of initiatives, including enforcement efforts , Law enforcement, justice, incarceration and rehabilitation.
The OJP’s Bureau of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention gave more than $ 10 million in 24 jurisdictions to intervene and suppress youth gang activity and $ 1 million to the Institute of Interstate Research to keep the National Gang Center running .
The OJP’s National Institute of Justice awarded $ 7.8 million to fund research and evaluation to prevent and reduce violent crime. OJP’s Bureau of Justice Statistics allocated more than $ 69 million to improve the quality and accessibility of records under the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
The following organizations received funding:
• Clark County received $ 400,000
• The Nevada Department of Public Safety received US $ 720,508
• The Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Criminal Justice Assistance received $ 836,700
More information about OJP and its components can be found at www.ojp.gov.