Navajo Nation Prosecutor’s Office Receives Department of Justice Edward Byrne Memorial Assistance Grant

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For Immediate Release

August 26, 2011

 

Navajo Nation Prosecutor’s Office Receives Department of Justice Edward Byrne Memorial Assistance Grant  

U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar Urges Continued Funding of JAG Program

Washington, DC—Department of Justice awarded an Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) in the amount of $73,720 on August 24, to the Navajo Nation Prosecutor’s Office. The Navajo Nation Prosecutor’s Office is an entity within the Navajo Nation Department of Justice.  This award will be used to provide critical funding for the activities of the Navajo Nation’s prosecutors.  

Rep. Paul Gosar, from Arizona’s 1st Congressional District is a critical supporter of the JAG Program.  He is a signatory to a May 20, 2011 letter urging the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies, within the House Appropriations Committee, to provide “sufficient funding for the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Byrne JAG Program.”

“As the representative for rural Arizona, I know the federal government has a role to play in partnering with local law enforcement to meet critical public safety needs.  The Navajo Nation has a particularly challenging job policing a large, sparsely populated reservation,” said Congressman Gosar.  

“Their law enforcement has done much with what it has and I am pleased to learn that the Department of Justice has awarded the them Byrne JAG funds to further protect the Navajo people.  I have strongly advocated for sufficient funding for the Byrne Jag Assistance Grant Program because those funds play an important role in ensuring local law enforcement in my district has the resources necessary to effectively and efficiently protect the public,” stated Gosar.  

Administered though the Bureau of Justice Assistance within DOJ, the JAG Program provides states, tribes and local entities with funding to support state, tribal and local activities aimed at crime prevention and control.    

JAG Program funding may be used for any of several categories of programs including law enforcement, prosecution and court programs, prevention and education programs, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, crime victim and witness initiatives, and planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs.    

Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly offers his sincerest thanks to Congressmen Gosar for his support for this critical justice program.  

For more information on the Edward Byrne Memorial JAG, please visit http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA/grant/jag.html

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