The National Gang Crime Research Center's annual training conference in Chicago attracts some of the nation's leading law enforcement professionals, and has become an important source for the latest information and research for anyone interested in learning more about the fight against gang violence. Puyallup Tribal Councilmember Larry LaPointe has been an honored guest speaker in the past, addressing some of the biggest issues and challenges facing the tribe today.
Although he was unable to attend the conference this year, Larry LaPointe received a plaque from the director of the NGCRC for his work in the past as well as the Tribe's accomplishments in developing the Justice Center project.
"[NGCRC Director] Dr. George Knox is a big fan of the Puyallup Tribe, and has seen all the progress we're making," said Jody Brooks, director of community family services for the Puyallup Tribe. "He wanted to recognize the Tribe for the new justice center, and recognize Larry for being one of the key players. He has truly been one of the biggest advocates for the justice center."