U.S. Department of Justice: Southwest Border Rural Law Enforcement Information Sharing and Interdiction Assistance Grants
The Southwest Border Rural Law Enforcement Information Sharing and Interdiction Assistance Grants are an innovative new program designed to provide resources and assistance to fund rural law enforcement agencies along or near the southwest border of the United States to support their efforts to reduce violent crime, including drug-related crime and human trafficking.
Grants will provide support to sheriffs and rural law enforcement agencies along or near the southwest border to address precipitous increases of all types of crime unique to this region, including human trafficking, sexual assaults, drug trafficking, and other forms of violent crime. These grants are designed to enhance information sharing (including investigatory and intelligence data) and dedicated messaging capability among federal, state, local, and tribal agencies working along or near the southwest border, and to provide previously identified specialized equipment to address crime issues that may be unique to the designated area.
Applications may feature methods to improve data collection along the southwest border; the sharing of information and intelligence; use of rapid DNA analysis; drug trafficking interdiction, to include opioids and human trafficker interdiction; support for or creation of regional real time crime centers (RTCCs) or intelligence center resources augmenting officer protection; and the deployment of new interdiction teams or sustainment of existing ones.
Amount: Approximately $2,000,000 is available to make up to 10 awards ranging up to $200,000 each for a period of performance of 24 months.
Eligibility: The following entities within California, New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas may apply:
- County sheriff’s offices of any size
- Rural law enforcement agencies (excluding county sheriff’s offices) serving jurisdictions with populations of fewer than 100,000
- Federally recognized Indian tribal governments
Priority consideration will be given to applicants that represent jurisdictions located within 25 miles of the border between the United States and Mexico.
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