Justice Department announces plan to address violence in rural Alaska

U.S. Attorney General William Barr meets with tribal leaders in Bethel to discuss public...
U.S. Attorney General William Barr meets with tribal leaders in Bethel to discuss public safety concerns, May 31, 2019 (KTUU) (KTUU)
Published: Sep. 15, 2019 at 3:40 PM AKDT
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The Justice Department has announced how it plans to use the more than $10 million in funding allocated to address crime in rural Alaska.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr declared a law enforcement emergency in rural Alaska following a


U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced the formation of a work group dedicated to coordinating resources and coming up with medium and long term plans to address the issue called Rural Alaska Anti-Violence Enforcement or RAAVEN.

According to the DOJ, about $5 million will be distributed among several tribal entities across the state to go toward new equipment, law enforcement positions, and training through an Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant.

As for the remaining $6 million, starting Oct. 1, tribal entities will be able to apply for funding that could go toward infrastructure projects such as holding cells.

Since Aug. 18, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, in cooperation with other law enforcement agencies, has been conducting drug enforcement operations to find controlled substances destined for rural Alaska. According to the Justice Department, these operations resulted in the seizure of approximately 30,000 diverted prescription pills and other suspected controlled substances.

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