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Category: Grants & research projects

July
25th

Tacoma receives $105,000 grant for gang reduction and intervention program

A $105,000 grant from the Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice will fund a pilot gang reduction and intervention program from Aug. 1 to June 30, 2013, the city of Tacoma says.

The city will take input from agencies such as Tacoma Public Schools, the Tacoma Police Department and Pierce County Juvenile Court, as well as citizens, to help direct community groups involved with the program.

The funds will go to four organizations that will help with the pilot: the Northwest Leadership Foundation, Bold Solutions, Fab5 and the Tacoma Urban League.

The grant follows Tacoma’s 2011 gang assessment,

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July
12th

Grant will enable Kent Fire Department to hire four positions

The Kent Fire Department will be able to hire four new firefighters thanks to an $811,704 grant from the Department of Homeland Security.

The two-year Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant (SAFER) was announced today.

Unlike similar grants, the department will not be required to contribute their own funds. It will be used to fill four of the nine empty positions.

Fire Chief Jim Schneider said in a statement that the money will enable them to increase service to the community.

A recruit firefighter assessment process will begin next month and officials said job offers will be made

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Sep.
28th

Family Justice Center receives $750,000 grant

The Crystal Judson Family Judson Center has received a two-year, federal grant to help domestic violence victims.

The $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women was announced today.

“The grant is designed to encourage arrest policies and enforcement of protection orders by providing funding for partner agencies doing victim advocacy work at the Family Justice Center, as well as for other programs and services for victims of domestic violence in the community,” a press release from Pierce County states.

Susan Adams, director of the center, said the grant will help thousands of women

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Aug.
25th

State receives $50.7 million in federal homeland security grants

Pacific Lutheran University, Pierce College, Temple Beth El and the Puyallup Tribal Council are among the local organizations and state agencies receiving $50.7 million in federal homeland security grants.

Gov. Chris Gregoire announced the 2011 grants today. The state received $50.7 million in money under four different programs.

“Our state has already taken many steps to increase emergency preparedness, but this allocation will go a long way toward enhancing protection of our communities,” Gregoire said in a press release.

Among the recipients:

* Chadad of Pierce County received $75,000 under the Nonprofit Security Grant Program.

* Pacific Lutheran University

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Sep.
30th

Federal Way police nab $1 million federal grant to keep 4 officer positions

The Federal Way Police Department has been awarded more than $1 million as part of a federal program to keep police officers on the streets.

The $1,036,296 grant allows the department to keep four police officer positions, according to a press release issued today.

The Department of Justice’s COPS Hiring Program announced $298 million in grants today. Eleven law enforcement agencies in Washington state received more than $4.7 million to hire or retain 19 law enforcement positions. The Federal Way Police Department received the largest reward. It was also the only South Sound agency to receive grant money in this

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June
29th

Council to talk about federal grant for Sheriff’s Department

The Pierce County County will talk Tuesday about how the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department plans to spend more than a million in federal grant money.


A resolution endorsing the Sheriff’s Department’s acceptance of the $1,083,891.50 grant is on the council’s agenda.


We wrote about the grant and the department’s (and other law enforcement agencies) plan to spend the grant money. Find that story here and the sidebar here.


Here’s the Council agenda item:


A Resolution of the Pierce County Council Endorsing the Pierce County Sheriff Department’s Acceptance of a Grant Award of $1,083,891.50

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May
20th

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

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.



OLD VERSION:


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

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Sep.
4th

With federal grant, Puyallup Tribe will increase patrol force

The Puyallup Tribe has received $225,000 in federal money to hire officers.


The grant award was announced today by the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Police Services. The office awarded $19.8 million to 62 law enforcement agencies so that 269 officers could be hired, according to a press release. Besides the Puyallup Tribe, the cities of Bremerton and Seattle received grant money in Washington.


The grants are intended to provide up to 75 percent of the total salary and benefits for each new officer for the next three years. That pencils out to about $75,000

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