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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Guam gets $729K for Homeland Security, Judiciary

Washington, D.C.—A total of $729,300 in federal grants was recently awarded to the Guam Homeland Security Office of Civil Defense and the Guam Judiciary.

The Guam Homeland Security Office of Civil Defense was awarded $529,300 through the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration. This grant is designed to assist states, in collaboration with regional, tribal and local jurisdictions, to perform activities related to planning for the establishment of a nationwide public safety broadband network.

The Guam Judiciary was awarded $200,000 through the U.S. Department of Justice. This grant provides financial and technical assistance to states, state courts, local courts, units of local government, and Indian tribal governments to develop and implement drug treatment courts that integrate evidence-based substance abuse treatment, mandatory drug testing, sanctions and incentives, and transitional services in a judicially supervised court setting with jurisdiction over nonviolent, substance-abusing offenders.

“The majority of the funds received will be used to assist Guam in planning for the establishment of a nationwide public safety broadband network,” said Delegate Madeleine Z. Bordallo (D-GU) “The development of this broadband network will help advance public safety communications on Guam and throughout the country and support first responders’ needs.

“Additionally, the funds awarded to the Judiciary will be used to strengthen our local drug court by establishing new services for target populations not currently being served, enhancing existing court operations, and improving the quality of offender services. The grants received from the U.S. Departments of Commerce and Justice are examples of how the Government of Guam can benefit from federal assistance, and I look forward to these funds being implemented in our community.” (PR)

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