WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) announced that more than $7.2 million in funding they secured to support Nevada law enforcement, first responders, and the justice system has now been delivered to communities across the state. The funding comes as a part of the Community Project Funding that both senators secured in the Fiscal Year 2023 bipartisan government funding bill.
“Nevada’s law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day, and we must make sure they have the resources they need to keep our communities safe,” said Senator Rosen. “This funding we secured will benefit police, law enforcement, and first responders across Nevada by supporting critical equipment upgrades, needed officer wellness programs, and much more. I was proud to secure this funding and will always fight to keep our law enforcement officers safe and better prepared to protect our communities.”
“From bolstering mental health services to supporting our courts and police officers, this vital funding I secured is going to help keep Nevadans safe,” said Senator Cortez Masto. “Nevada law enforcement is doing so much to protect our communities and I’m proud to support their efforts at the federal level.”
“Clark County is grateful to Senators Rosen and Cortez Masto for their advocacy on an important program to help domestic violence and DUI offenders with supportive resources to address barriers to successful completion of court mandated counseling and community services,” said Clark County Manager Kevin Schiller. “The funding secured will help Clark County Public Defender’s Office clients to find counseling close to their work and home and will also facilitate reporting to the court. We anticipate that providing these additional social service supports will help clients complete counseling with the goal to reduce recidivism for this type of crime and behavior.”
“The Clark County District Attorney’s Office is appreciative of Senator Rosen and Senator Cortez Masto’s efforts in securing our Office in excess of $1.5 million in DOJ FY23 Grant funding,” said Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson. “This Community Project Funding will go a long way in ensuring our technological needs for a new Case Management System are met for our Criminal and Juvenile Divisions. As a byproduct of this funding, the Southern Nevada Justice Community and constituents of Clark County will benefit.”
“The Eldorado Valley facility is the only one of its kind in our region and provides our Henderson police and fire and other public safety agencies vital training opportunities that enhance their ability to respond to an array of emergencies and real world threats,” said City of Henderson Mayor Michelle Romero. “We are grateful to the Nevada congressional delegation for their work in securing this federal funding which will enhance the Eldorado Valley facility and improve the training opportunities offered at this unique site.”
“Every dollar brought back to Nevada is a force multiplier in economic impact and benefit to our residents,” said City of North Las Vegas Mayor Pamela Goynes-Brown. “We are thrilled to receive these funds which will enable us to continue a successful court program and provide health and wellness services for our first responders and staff, among other vital initiatives; while also putting dollars back into the local economy. This is a win all around.”
The funding has been distributed as follows:
- $2,955,000 for a Mental Health Co-responder Crisis Unit in the City of Henderson.
- $2,049,000 for equipment for Eldorado Valley Regional Public Safety Training Facility in the City of Henderson.
- $145,000 for the Police Officer Wellness Program in the City of North Las Vegas.
- $1,576,000 for the Clark County District Attorney’s Office case management system.
- $486,000 for a rapid DNA testing instrument in Elko County.
Senators Rosen and Cortez Masto have consistently supported Nevada law enforcement and police departments throughout the state. Last month, both senators helped pass the bipartisan Recruit and Retain Act in the Senate to support law enforcement agencies’ efforts to hire and retain more police officers. The bill establishes a federal pipeline program to support increased collaboration between local departments and schools to facilitate recruitment activities and encourage young people to enter careers in law enforcement. Senator Cortez Masto has introduced bipartisan legislation to increase access to funding for small law enforcement agencies. Senator Rosen also announced federal funding opportunities for local police departments to hire more officers and incentivize community policing efforts.