Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced $437,517 in funding from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is coming to police departments across Nevada. This round of funding is part of the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) program, for which Cortez Masto secured historic funding in the FY2022 government funding legislation. The Byrne JAG program is the leading source of criminal justice funding for local police and supports a range of programs related to law enforcement, crime prevention, and mental and behavioral health for officers.
“I led bipartisan efforts to secure full funding for the Byrne JAG program, which supports our country’s law enforcement, and I’m pleased to see this round of funding coming to Nevada” said Senator Cortez Masto. “I’ll keep working to ensure that Nevada’s police officers continue to have what they need to prevent crime and keep dangerous criminals off the streets.”
The funding will be distributed to support police departments in the following cities:
- The City of Reno will receive $201,762
- The City of Henderson will receive $54,445
- The City of North Las Vegas will receive $181,364
Senator Cortez Masto led the call for robust funding for the Byrne JAG grant program in the FY2022 omnibus bill. The program is the leading source of criminal justice funding for state, local, and tribal governments and provides support for a range of programs related to crime prevention, law enforcement, prosecution, corrections, and mental and behavioral health. As the former top law enforcement official in Nevada, Senator Cortez Masto has been a leading advocate in the Senate for our police officers. Her bipartisan bills to combat the crisis of law enforcement suicide and provide mental health resources to police officers were both signed into law. Her bipartisan Invest to Protect Act, to provide $250 million over the next five years to support small law enforcement agencies across the country so they can invest in training, mental health support, and recruitment and retention, passed the Senate in July.