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MADISON – Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen today announced the awarding of $701,300 in state County-Tribal Law Enforcement Grants to 19 cooperative county-tribal programs statewide. The grant program is designed to foster cooperation and mutual commitment by the counties and tribes to address unique law enforcement issues on tribal lands.
“This grant program allows tribes and county law enforcement officials to work cooperatively to identify and prioritize public safety needs on tribal lands,” said Van Hollen. “These cooperative plans allow funding of targeted law enforcement services on the respective reservations throughout Wisconsin.”
The grant program funds a variety of law enforcement services to Native American communities across Wisconsin. Grants have been used for the costs of patrol, investigation, crime prevention, K-9 units and information technology. Awards have also funded law enforcement training, alternatives to drug and gang involvement, diversity training and emergency/rescue equipment. An increasing number of grants are awarded to programs that include tribal police departments, while most generally help pay for services provided by the county sheriffs to Native American reservations and communities.
Grant awards are allocated using a formula consisting of three criteria: Native American population in the service area; violent crime rate; and unemployment rate. The program is funded through tribal gaming receipts received by the state and allocated in the state budget. No taxpayer monies are used.
For a list of all programs receiving Calendar Year 2011 awards, please go to