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MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has announced the awarding of $631,200 in county-tribal law enforcement grants to 19 programs statewide. Now in its 25th year, the grant program is designed to assist with the unique law enforcement challenges in Wisconsin’s Native American communities.
“This grant program is designed to enhance the county-tribal relationship by encouraging agencies and nearby tribes to work cooperatively to better protect their communities,” Attorney General Van Hollen said. “Those who serve in public safety often face similar challenges, and these grants further the type of joint effort that’s often necessary to overcome the many issues facing law enforcement.”
Grants have been used for the costs of law enforcement personnel, patrol, investigation, crime prevention, K-9 units, information technology and training, among other things. Grant awards are allocated using a formula consisting of three criteria: Native American population, county crime rate and tribal 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.