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Enhancement of Tribal Law Enforcement and Justice Strategies to Control and Prevent the Growing Drug and Alcohol Problem in Washoe Tribal Communities with Emphasis on the Crisis of Methemphetamine Use

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $250,000)

The FY 2007 Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program allows American Indian and Alaska Native communities to plan and implement activities that will reduce and control crime associated with the distribution and use of alcohol and controlled substances in tribal communities. Through this program, the recipient will develop new or enhance existing strategies that prevent, interdict, and treat alcohol and drug use by tribal members. Awards will used to develop a project activity team; identify, apprehend, and prosecute those who illegally transport, distribute, and use alcohol and controlled substances; prevent and reduce the number of alcohol and substance-abuse-related crimes (with a priority on methamphetamine), traffic fatalities, and injuries; develop and enhance collaborations with federal, state, tribal, and local criminal justice agencies; integrate tribal and non-tribal services for offenders and their families; and make available culturally appropriate treatment and other services.

The Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California will use the grant funds to help achieve several goals related to law enforcement and treatment objectives. The law enforcement related goals include: 1) preventing and reducing the number of alcohol- and substance abuse-related crimes, traffic fatalities, and injuries; 2) prosecuting individuals engaged in illegal drug and alcohol use, transportation, or distribution; and 3) developing strategies for engaging the tribal community in the identification of effective responses to crime. Treatment related goals include: 1) reducing the recurrence of alcohol-and substance abuse-related crimes; and 2) creating culturally appropriate alcohol/substance abuse treatment services. To achieve these goals, grant funds will be used to support and train a narcotics detection K-9 officer; support costs associated with house monitoring criminal offenders; and purchase a variety of equipment, including video, police personal equipment, cameras, radios, radar, and night vision equipment.


Date Created: September 9, 2007