Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today applauded the Department of Justice (DOJ) for awarding Nevada law enforcement agencies with two grants supporting programs aimed at crime prevention and juvenile delinquency prevention and intervention efforts. The Reno Police Department was awarded $668,968 in grant funding to implement strategies to reduce gun violence. In addition, $411,267 was awarded to the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) to improve mental health services and community based programs for youths in the justice system.
“I applaud the Department of Justice for recognizing the critical importance of supporting our local law enforcement agencies in their work to protect our communities. The Reno Police Department and the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services are both working hard to identify solutions to our most pressing public safety problems, and I am thankful that these grants will help them continue their missions to reduce gun violence and help improve Nevada’s juvenile justice system. I will continue to fight in the Senate to secure vital funding that helps keep Nevadans safe.”
The Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Strategies for Policing Innovation grant program provides resources and opportunities to enable police agencies to identify and define their most pressing crime programs and institute lasting operational and organizational changes in their agencies. The Reno Police Department will use $668,968 in federal funds to coordinate proactively with their Project Safe Neighborhood team to implement strategies to reduce gun violence.
The DOJ’s Formula Grants Program under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act supports state and local delinquency prevention and intervention efforts and juvenile justice system improvements. The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) will use $411,267 in federal funds to improve juvenile mental health services, aftercare and reentry programs, community based programs and alternatives to detention.