AG Office awarded $525K to fight rising crime in North Dakota
WASHINGTON — The North Dakota Attorney General’s Office will get almost $525,000 in grants to fight crime, according to a press release.
Congressional leaders from the state announced Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Justice allocated the funds through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant and Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners Program. The grant will be used to enhance narcotics enforcement, help support victims of violent crimes services and develop substance abuse treatment and reintegration programs.
“The population and economic growth North Dakota has seen recently is a great sign for our state’s future, but we need to make sure we’re securing the safety of our communities as we move forward,” Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp said in a statement. “Since my time as North Dakota’s Attorney General, I have seen firsthand the challenges facing our state’s law enforcement and I know that with this growth, the challenges will continue. These funds are absolutely critical to providing local law enforcement and communities across North Dakota with the tools and resources they need to keep our families safe.”
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., asked the Drug Enforcement Agency last month to better support local and state officials in fighting drug crimes, according to a press release. The senator also pressed for additional resources, including DEA agents, for western North Dakota after crime statistics showed an increase in drug-related activities in the state.
“We’re working in a variety of ways to support our communities’ efforts to maintain their high quality of life,” Hoeven said in a statement. “To that end, these funds will empower our law enforcement officials to better protect our communities from drug trafficking and violent crime through shared information and planning while also supporting substance abuse rehabilitation services.”
Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., said the grants represent an important partnership between the Department of Justice and the attorney general’s office.