Law Enforcement agencies in Pierce County are receiving nearly $400,000 in federal Justice Department grants to improve community safety.
The grants, announced Friday by U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan, are part of $2.4 million in funds given to Puget Sound area communities to enhance law enforcement, combat child sex trafficking and provide drug treatment.
Grants given to Tacoma Police and the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department – a total of $399,306 – are to be used to improve court operations and drug treatment programs.
Other grants include:
• $1.3 million to the Seattle Police Department and King County Sheriff to assist human trafficking and child sexual exploitation programs, crime prevention officers and case management equipment
• $81,735 to the Kitsap County Sheriff for a community resource officer
• $19,748 to Bellevue Police for tactical ballistic vests
• $17,301 to Mason County Sheriff for patrol car software to enhance emergency communications
In addition, University Place, Tukwila, Mt. Vernon, Lacy and Des Moines received grants for technology upgrades and other needs.
This round of grants follows more than $5 million announced last week for local law enforcement.