Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $986,504)
The Department of Justice developed a comprehensive and coordinated approach for tribal governments to apply for funding to reduce and prevent crime and victimization. Through this process, the Department's existing tribal government-specific programs are included in, and available through a single Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS). Through this solicitation, only one application was accepted from each federally recognized tribe to encourage comprehensive assessments of need and planning. Each tribe could apply for funding under nine purpose areas, which included funding from the Office of Community Oriented Policing, Office of Justice Programs (including the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office for Victims of Crime, and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention), and Office on Violence Against Women. The tribe had the flexibility to select the purpose areas whose funding addressed the needs of the tribe as outlined in its tribal and community profile. There were nine purpose areas in total, and purpose area 4 was dedicated to the Tribal Justice Systems Infrastructure Program (TJSIP).
Funding through the Tribal Justice System Infrastructure Program will support efforts to renovate or expand buildings to enhance conditions or to change the use of a building to any of the following purposes: single jurisdiction or regional tribal correctional facilities, correctional alternative facilities, multipurpose justice centers (including police departments, courts, and corrections), and transitional living facilities (halfway houses) to address justice-involved populations within tribal jurisdictions.
The Pueblo of Acoma (POA) Department of Public Safety (ADPS), in collaboration with the Acoma Police Department (APD) Acoma Detention Center (ADC), Acoma Tribal Court (ATC), Acoma Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Medical Services (EMS), will address several facility renovation issues necessary for inmate and staff health and safety needs, including community users that visit and are provided services by each ADPS division. The project will address the deteriorating electrical and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems; and improve the flooring conditions of the ADC inmate living area, ATC public areas, and the ATC and the EMS office and public areas. The ADPS Facility Plan will be updated so it is a more comprehensive plan and reflective of all eight divisions located at the ADPS.