01.13.17

Gardner Announces $240,000 DHS Countering Violent Extremism Grant for Denver Police Department

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today announced the Denver Police Department will receive a $240,000 Countering Violent Extremism Grant from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to be utilized for training and engagement. 

 

“As violent extremists continue to pose a threat to our homeland, we must do everything we can to counter these threats and keep Coloradans safe,” said Gardner. “Whether it’s radical Islamic extremists or homegrown domestic terror groups trying to do us harm, our police officers must be properly trained to prevent an attack. I’m pleased the Department of Homeland Security has provided the Denver Police Department with these critical funds because it is our local law enforcement officers who know how to best keep our communities safe. The Denver Police Department has my full support, and I will continue to do everything I can to ensure Colorado law enforcement has the necessary tools to combat terrorism and root out violent extremists.”

 

In announcing the grant, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson stated, “In 2016, Congress answered our call for federal grants, awarded and administered by the Department of Homeland Security, to support local efforts to counter violent extremism.  Today, I am pleased to announce the first round of awards of these grants.  

 

“A total of 31 proposals, from various organizations in multiple communities, have been accepted to receive some part of the $10 million appropriated by Congress last year.  The funding will go for activities that include intervention, developing resilience, challenging the narrative, and building capacity.  The organizations approved for grants include local governments, universities, and non-profit organizations, in locations across the country such as Boston, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Detroit, Nebraska, Houston, Illinois, New Jersey, Texas and New York City.  Among the awardees are organizations devoted specifically to countering ISIL’s recruitment efforts in our homeland, and Life After Hate, an organization devoted to the rehabilitation of former neo-Nazis and other domestic extremists in this country.

 

“In this age of self-radicalization and terrorist-inspired acts of violence, domestic-based efforts to counter violent extremism have become a homeland security imperative.  And, I know from visiting numerous communities across this country that very often the best efforts to counter violent extremism are local, tailored to a particular community.  My hope is that Congress will continue to fund this type of grant activity in the future.  Again, this is a homeland security imperative.”

 

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Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Budget Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.

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