October 06, 2021

Cortez Masto Announces $1.4 Million in Awards to Support Nevada Police Training

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced that more than $1.4 million in Community Policing Development (CPD) program dollars would be coming to Nevada to help support law enforcement officers. These Department of Justice (DOJ) grants from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) support Nevada law enforcement by providing training in de-escalation techniques that can keep both officers and the public safe.

“Nevada’s police work hard to keep our communities safe, which is why I have always made it a priority to support them,” said Senator Cortez Masto. “These funds will help train officers in de-escalation techniques that keep both the community and officers safe. I’ll continue working to make sure Nevada’s law enforcement has the resources they need to protect our neighborhoods.”

As the former top law enforcement official in Nevada, Senator Cortez Masto has led efforts to support police in the Senate. The American Rescue Plan she championed set aside $4 billion so that Nevada’s state and local governments could maintain essential services like police and first responders. She led bipartisan efforts to push for further support through the Byrne JAG program for crime prevention, law enforcement, prosecution, corrections, and mental and behavioral health. Her bipartisan legislation to provide peer support for federal law enforcement officials passed the Senate in June, and her Law Enforcement Suicide Data Collection Act was signed into law last year to help prevent law enforcement suicide.

The grant program awards will be disbursed as follows:

  • $1,249,964 to the Nevada System of Higher Education to fund a regional de-escalation training center
  • $162,900 in de-escalation law enforcement agency grants to the City of North Las Vegas