(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray today announced $2.097 million in grants to 12 Washington state tribal law enforcement agencies by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). Nationwide, the grants were awarded to 80 tribal police departments in 25 states, under COPS Tribal Resources Grant Program (TRGP).

"I'm pleased that this funding has been provided to tribal law enforcement agencies," Murray said. "The COPS program has proven very effective in helping make our tribal communities safer, and this funding will further those important efforts."

This TRGP funding will allow 12 tribal communities located throughout Washington state to enhance law enforcement infrastructures and community policing practices. It funds such items as salaries and benefits for new community policing officers, basic equipment, crime fighting technology systems, and training.

Since 1995, including today’s grants, COPS has provided more than $192.3 million to Native-American law enforcement agencies through the tribal grant programs to purchase equipment, receive training, and to hire 772 officers.

The funding is being distributed to law enforcement agencies in the following Washington state tribal communities:


  • Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe - $102,675
  • Quileute Tribe - $439,196
  • Lower Elwha Klallum Tribe - $150,000
  • Quinault Nation - $50,250
  • Nisqually Tribe - $165,375
  • Squaxin Island Tribe - $423,977
  • Suquamish Tribe - $198,705
  • Puyallup Tribe - $156,199


  • Nooksack Tribe - $83,934
  • Swinomish Tribe - $183,675
  • Stillaguamish Tribe - $109,091


  • Shoalwater Bay Tribe - $34,894