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Published September 12, 2011, 03:37 PM

ND awarded grant to improve sex offender programs

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The Department of Justice has awarded North Dakota a $500,000 grant to improve programs designed to capture and prosecute sex offenders who target children in the state.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The Department of Justice has awarded North Dakota a $500,000 grant to improve programs designed to capture and prosecute sex offenders who target children in the state.

The North Dakota Attorney General's Office will use the money to fund a team of officers to investigate sex offenders who are in violation of state and federal sex offender registration laws.

U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon said in a statement that he is pleased the initiative will include tribal communities in North Dakota.

The Child Sexual Predator Program awarded $9.3 million in grant money to law enforcement agencies in 13 states this year to improve policing crimes against children.

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