October 06, 2022

Cortez Masto Announces Over $21 Million for Law Enforcement Efforts Across Nevada

Las Vegas, Nev. – Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that $21,001,611 in federal funding she helped secure is coming to police departments, government agencies, Tribes, and nonprofit organizations in the state of Nevada to support law enforcement efforts and key criminal justice programs. These awards come through various programs at the Department of Justice (DOJ).

“I’m always working to make sure Nevada has the resources it needs to deter crime and prosecute offenders,” said Senator Cortez Masto. “These funds will support efforts all over the state to prevent human trafficking and school violence, address behavioral health issues, and help law enforcement keep communities safe.”

A list of the grantees and awards is available HERE, and includes awards to programs and law enforcement agencies to combat human trafficking, fund substance abuse prevention and treatment, combat domestic violence, and support school safety.

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.