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UPDATED: Another $22.4 million headed to state for law enforcement activities

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on May 20, 2009 at 9:10 am with No Comments »
May 20, 2009 9:10 am

It appears this is the same grant that was announced earlier this year, according to the state Office of Financial Management.

There is a new deadline for local agencies to apply.


More federal stimulus money will be flowing into the state – and Pierce County – soon for law enforcement-related efforts.

The U.S. Attorney General announced today that the state will receive more than $22.4 million in Recovery Act funds. In addition, the City of Lakewood has been awarded $340,124 and Yelm $10,190.

The grants are on top of millions in other federal grants announced for the state earlier this year. (Read what local agencies want to do with a round of grant money announced in March here.)

The $22.4 million grant (called a Edward Bryne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant) announced today is part of $4 billion in Justice Department Recovery Acts funds that are being doled out to state, local and tribal law enforcement and criminal justice agencies, the federal Department of Justice reported in a press release.

In its grant application, the state Department of Community Trade and Economic Development noted it planned to spend money to:

* Help hire a person to assist the agency in complying with and evaluating the grants.

* Hire people for a narcotic task force peer review process.

* Hand out to ineligible local jurisdictions.

* Endorse competitive programs directed at law enforcement, prosecution and courts.

* Support efforts between the state Department of Corrections and local law enforcement agencies to suppress gang activity.

* Support drug task force initiatives.

* Keep prosecutors employed.

* Support state initiatives that provide gang enforcement, intervention and prevention.

Under the terms of the grant, the state must dole out 40 percent of the award to local jurisdictions. That allocation is based on a formula of population and violent crime statistics.

The state keeps the remaining 60 percent.

Agencies must “apply” for the grants – meaning they need to tell the Department of Justice on the money is going to be spent. Those applications are due June 17.

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