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US Justice Department grants $6 million to Alaska for rural safety

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The Alaska Department of Public Safety received a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice for infrastructure projects such as jails or office space in rural Alaska.

The $6 million will be released over two years and is a portion of the $10 million promised by the Justice Department after U.S. Attorney General William Barr visited rural Alaska in June.

“U.S. Attorney General Barr saw firsthand that our rural communities could benefit with some additional tools to bolster Alaska’s rural public safety, and he listened,” said Gov. Michael Dunleavy. “This $6 million commitment will reinforce the positive changes we are making through tightening Alaska’s crime laws and filling the ranks of the Alaska State Troopers – I thank the U.S. Department of Justice for their continued support of Alaskans and look forward to continued collaboration on improving rural public safety in discussion with rural Alaskan stakeholders, the US Department of Justice, the State of Alaska and its various departments.”

“From day one of this administration we have fostered strong partnerships to find solutions to improve public safety in our rural communities,” said Department of Public Safety Commissioner Amanda Price. “The Emergency Law Enforcement Declaration by DOJ reinforces the strides we’ve already taken to provide a stronger law enforcement presence where it is needed most. DPS is committed to helping our partner agencies to prioritize individual community needs to get the maximum benefit from this funding.”

The funds will be made available in October.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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