News August 01, 2011 to August 31, 2011

National

Navajo Nation Prosecutor’s Office Receives Department of Justice Edward Byrne Memorial Assistance Grant (08/27/2011)

Department of Justice awarded an Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) in the amount of $73,720 on August 24, to the Navajo Nation Prosecutor’s Office. The Navajo Nation Prosecutor’s Office is an entity within the Navajo Nation Department of Justice. This award will be used to provide critical funding for the activities of the Navajo Nation’s prosecutors.

Rep. Paul Gosar, from Arizona’s 1st Congressional District is a critical supporter of the JAG Program.  He is a signatory to a May 20, 2011 letter urging the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies, within the House Appropriations Committee, to provide “sufficient funding for the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Byrne JAG Program.”

Navajo Nation Prosecutor’s Office Receives Department of Justice Edward Byrne Memorial Assistance Grant (08/27/2011)

Department of Justice awarded an Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) in the amount of $73,720 on August 24, to the Navajo Nation Prosecutor’s Office. The Navajo Nation Prosecutor’s Office is an entity within the Navajo Nation Department of Justice. This award will be used to provide critical funding for the activities of the Navajo Nation’s prosecutors.

Rep. Paul Gosar, from Arizona’s 1st Congressional District is a critical supporter of the JAG Program.  He is a signatory to a May 20, 2011 letter urging the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies, within the House Appropriations Committee, to provide “sufficient funding for the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Byrne JAG Program.”

Alabama

Equipment Upgrade Will Provide New Capabilities (08/02/2011)

The Cullman County Commission recently accepted a bid to purchase public safety software for the county’s three law enforcement agencies from Spillman Technologies. According to Charlotte Slatton, the Cullman County Commission clerk, the total cost of the project is $662,289 and it will be paid for through a Byrne-Jag grant.

The goals for this project are to enable the Cullman Police Department, the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office and the Hanceville Police Department with the capability to provide a true information sharing and back-up system that can be relied upon in case of a disaster – like the one the area encountered during the April 27 tornado outbreak.

“In the event of a major disaster or terminal failure at either agency we would have the capability to switch over to the other agency’s server in order to carry on uninterrupted service to our officers and emergency responders,” Bartlett said in his presentation.

California

Ceres Police Get Federal Grant (08/25/2011)

Ceres was awarded a $15,728 federal grant for training of the Ceres Police Department's Critical Response Unit, according to a news release from the office of Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Merced.

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance grant promotes safety in crisis situations. Police Chief Art de Werk said the funds will be used to maintain proficiency of the Ceres Police Department SWAT team and Crisis Negotiations team, which make up the city's Critical Response Unit.

Stockton Wins $467K Grant to Target Firearms (08/24/2011)

The city has been awarded a $467,765 grant to target illegal firearms by the U.S. Department of Justice's Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program. The funds also will be used to aid in the purchase of new equipment for hazardous-material safety.

The grant was announced Friday by Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Atwater. "This federal funding will help our police and sheriff's departments crack down on illegal weapons, safely store evidence, and prevent car accidents caused by reckless driving," Cardoza said.

Atwater gets $12K Fed Grant to Buy Evidence Storage Unit (08/19/2011)

The city of Atwater was also awarded $12,008 to buy an evidence storage unit that will protect law enforcement staff from harmful bacteria, viruses, and other blood-borne pathogens. In addition, the Atwater police department will also buy equipment to enforce traffic laws and prevent reckless driving.

San Joaquin County and the city of Stockton were awarded a joint grant totaling $ 467,765 to target individuals carrying illegal weapons, which are a major contributing factor to the increase in violent crime in the Valley. The Stockton Police Department, San Joaquin Sherriff’s Office, Probation Department and the District Attorney’s Office will coordinate sweeps throughout San Joaquin County in search of unlawful firearms.

CA Emergency Management Agency gets $25.6M from Fed Grant to Fight Drugs (08/17/2011)

Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D-Merced) announced that the California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) has been awarded a $25.6 million grant by the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne-JAG) program to combat California’s serious illegal drug problem and associated violence.

Supporting public safety programs throughout California, this funding will target needed resources to state and local law enforcement agencies to provide equipment, reduce illegal drugs on the street, dismantle drug trafficking organizations, eradicate marijuana fields on public and private lands and help with anti-gang efforts, according to a news release In addition, programs that remove children from drug environments will be supported.

Merced, Los Banos to Get $73K Fed Grant for Law Enforcement (08/15/2011)

Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D-Merced) said the cities of Los Banos and Merced have been awarded more than $73,000 in federal law enforcement grants from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne-JAG) Program to aid in hiring new staff and buying equipment.

Cardoza has strongly supported Byrne-JAG grants in Congress and has worked with his colleagues to maintain funding for this important law enforcement program. In May, he sent a letter urging the Appropriations Committee to include sufficient funding for Byrne-JAG so local law enforcement has the tools, personnel, and resources necessary to protect and serve their communities.

Ceres Police Get Federal Grant (08/25/2011)

Ceres was awarded a $15,728 federal grant for training of the Ceres Police Department's Critical Response Unit, according to a news release from the office of Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Merced.

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance grant promotes safety in crisis situations. Police Chief Art de Werk said the funds will be used to maintain proficiency of the Ceres Police Department SWAT team and Crisis Negotiations team, which make up the city's Critical Response Unit.

Delaware

Victims' Voices Heard Receives Grant for Inmate Sensitivity Training Program (08/10/2011)

Victims Voices Heard has received a $40,000 from the Edward J. Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Program to implement a sensitivity training program.

VVH is a leading Delaware nonprofit that strives to reduce recidivism among incarcerated violent offenders. The grant, administered by the Delaware Criminal Justice Council, will help VVH work annually with 100 to 120 incarcerated offenders who are one year or less from their release dates.

Illinois

Durbin Announces More Than $9.5 Million in DOJ Funding to Enhance Community and Law Enforcement Safety (08/15/2011)

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded a total of $9,593,477 in Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants to support Illinois law enforcement officers.

“Our nation's law enforcement officers are called upon day after day to protect America's citizens,” Durbin said. “As these brave men and women put themselves in harm’s way, we must ensure that they are equipped with the best tools possible to do their jobs well, and today’s grants will help meet that goal.”

Local Law Enforcement Divisions Awarded Grant Money (08/19/2011)

East St. Louis (KSDK) - It was announced Friday that the U.S. Department of Justice awarded a substantial amount of grant money to support local law enforcement officers.

Officers in East St. Louis and Belleville, Illinois will receive $260,737 in Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance grants. "This funding will assist law enforcement officers in their efforts to aggressively combat the violent crime in the area," said U.S. Senator Dick Durbin. The grants are awarded to units to support activities to prevent and control crime, and to improve the justice system.

Aurora Gets Special Gang Prosecutor (08/24/2011)

In the fight against gangs, Aurora police just found a new weapon. The weapon isn’t firepower, extra police officers or undercover stings. It’s a special prosecutor. Aurora City Council this week unanimously approved the use of $60,000 in federal grant money to help Kane County hire a special prosecutor to work on gang issues.

Aurora City Council this week unanimously approved the use of $60,000 in federal grant money to help Kane County hire a special prosecutor to work on gang issues. The prosecutor will file civil lawsuits against Aurora’s known gang members to prevent them from actions like congregating together, loitering in specific locations or wearing certain combinations of colors, Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said.

Kentucky

Attorney General's Office Launches eWarrants in Hopkins and Henderson Counties (08/10/2011)

Attorney General Jack Conway announced today the successful implementation of an electronic warrant management system (eWarrants) in the 4th (Hopkins County) and 51st (Henderson County) judicial circuits. The Attorney General's Office funded implementation of eWarrants in Hopkins and Henderson counties under a $3.9 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant awarded to the Office of the Attorney General in 2009.

The eWarrant system facilitates the sharing of information among all law enforcement concerning active warrants in jurisdictions throughout the Commonwealth. It replaces the manual protocols for processing warrant information with an electronic method for making warrants available via the Law Enforcement Information Network of Kentucky (LINK), the system administered by Kentucky State Police and used by law enforcement to transmit and retrieve information on active warrants.

Massachusetts

Auburn Law Enforcement and Public Safety Receive $11,528 in Federal Funding (08/17/2011)

U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern announced today that Auburn would receive $11,528 in funding for law enforcement and public safety. The funding is being awarded through the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, administered through the U.S. Department of Justice. JAG program funds can be used for a variety of efforts such as hiring law enforcement officers; supporting drug and gang task forces; funding crime prevention and domestic violence programs; and supporting courts, corrections, treatment, and justice information sharing initiatives. The procedure for allocating JAG grants is based on a formula of population and violent crime statistics. Auburn will utilize the JAG funding to target resources and patrols in identified areas of high crime incidences.

Worcester Police Get $252,000 in 2 Federal Grants (08/25/2011)

The Police Department will receive about $252,000 in federal grants, U.S. Rep. James P. McGovern, D-Worcester, announced. According to Mr. McGovern’s office, the department is being awarded $177,285 through the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Program and $75,252 through the Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program, both administered by the U.S. Department of Justice.

According to Mr. McGovern’s office, the city will use the Byrne funding for police overtime to attend community and neighborhood watch meetings and to participate in targeted prostitution stings. The Coverdell grant will be used to fund a forensic liaison who will work with police, the Worcester district attorney’s office, and the state police crime laboratory, according to the representative’s office.

Attleboro Police Bring Back Old Fashion Policing with Foot Patrol (08/08/2011)

The Attleboro Police Department has a new officer doing some old-fashioned police work in the 'Boro. With $14,000 from the federal government's Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG), the Attleboro Police Department was able to hire a seasonal police officer to walk the beat in downtown Attleboro.

The officer, retired fire captain Milton "Skip" Knox, was hired to patrol the downtown area Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm, when most businesses are open and pedestrians are downtown. "I subscribe to this theory of policing of trying to expand our effort for more contact directly with the citizens," Acting Police Chief Kyle Heagney said. "It removes the barrier of the cruiser."

Missouri

Man Pleads Guilty on Child Porn Charges (08/08/2011)

Thursday, July 14, 2011 a 36 year old Moberly Missouri man, Fredrick James Murray, pled guilty in federal court in St. Louis Missouri to the possession of child pornography as a result of a joint investigation between the Boone County Sheriff’s Department, the South Central Missouri Computer Crimes Task Force, Moberly Police Department, FBI, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in St. Louis, Missouri.

This investigation began in May 2010 when an investigator with the South Central Missouri Computer Crimes Task Force, based in Dent County Missouri, downloaded child pornography from a computer determined to be in Moberly, Missouri. That information was forwarded to the Boone County Sheriff’s Department Cyber Crimes Task Force based in Boone County, Missouri.The Boone County Sheriff’s Department Cyber Crimes Task Force is supported by funding made available through the federal Recovery Act – Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program administered by the U.S. Dept. of Justice & Mo. Dept of Public Safety.

Missouri Awards More than $259,000 to North Missouri Drug Task Force (08/02/2011)

The Missouri Department of Public Safety announced today that the North Missouri Drug Task Force, centered in Adair County, has been awarded $259,958 to combat illegal drugs and drug-related crimes, and to strengthen law enforcement efforts. The grants is one of a series around the state that will help ensure the continued strength of Missouri’s multi-jurisdictional drug task forces during tight budget times.

“These grants are designed to make Missouri communities safer and stronger by bolstering the state’s highly effective multi-jurisdictional drug task forces in the battle against drugs and drug-related crime,” said Department of Public Safety Director John M. Britt. “The grants should make a real difference by allowing these law enforcement agencies to continue to devote significant resources to the fight against illegal drugs.” Including the grant to the North Missouri Drug Task Force, multi-jurisdictional task forces are receiving a total of $7,135,243 in federal Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants (JAG) across the state.

Grant Money to Fight Sex Crimes (08/08/2011)

The Missouri Department of Public Safety announced Monday that more than $50,000 in grants have been awarded to assist the Kirksville Regional Computer Crimes Unit in its effort to fight online criminals who often seek to entice children and deal in child pornography.

Last year, a U.S. Justice Department report ranked Missouri’s cyber crime fighting efforts among the national leaders in the number of arrests made and the number of law enforcement officers trained.

Nearly 1 Million in Grants Handed Out to Springfield Agencies to Fight Drugs (08/01/2011)

The Missouri Department of Public Safety announced today that law enforcement agencies in the Springfield area were awarded more than $890,000 in grants designed to combat illegal drugs and drug-related crimes, and to strengthen law enforcement efforts. The grants will help ensure the continued strength of Missouri’s multi-jurisdictional drug task forces during tight budget times.

The Springfield area initiatives receiving a portion of the $892,391 in grants are: the Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force in Barry County will receive $165,488. The Dallas County Sheriff’s Office will receive $18,750. The Combined Ozarks Multijurisdictional Enforcement Team (COMET) in Greene County will receive $388,496. The Stone County Prosecutor Drug/Alcohol Offender Program of the Stone County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office will receive $26,331. And the South Central Drug Task Force in West Plains will receive $293,326.

Arrest Made in Child Pornography Investigation (08/22/2011)

On Aug. 22, 2011, Brett T. Stewart, age 22 of Bourbon, MO, surrendered himself to authorities on a warrant from the Circuit Court of Crawford County, Missouri charging him with Possession of Child Pornography. The charges were the result of an investigation by the South Central Missouri Computer Crimes Task Force, St. Charles County’s Cyber Crime Unit and the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office.

The South Central Missouri Computer Crime Task Force is supported by funding made available through the federal Recovery Act – Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program administered by the U.S. Dept. of Justice & Mo. Dept. of Public Safety, and from the Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force with funds made available from the US Dept. of Justice’s PROTECT ACT.

Cyber Crimes Funding to Pay for Equipment, Training (08/12/2011)

The recent renewal of the grant funding for the Southeast Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force will make equipment upgrades and more training possible as officers continue their fight against Internet crime. The SEMO Cyber Crimes Task Force, based at the Poplar Bluff Police Department, received a grant totaling $105,206 to continue its effort to fight online criminals who often seek to entice children and deal in child pornography.

Founded in January 2007, the local task force is one of 14 multi-jurisdictional task forces receiving grant awards of $1,516,702 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Justice Assistance Grant program. Last year, the U.S. Justice Department's first report to Congress ranked Missouri's effort among the leaders of the 59 task force units surveyed nationally, including first in computer forensics with 1,441 computer examinations, second in arrests at 337 and second in officers trained with 5,810 officers.

Mississippi

Grant Allows Canton Police to Buy Cruisers (08/02/2011)

Five new cruisers arrived at the Canton Police Department and will be on the road once lettering is applied. A grant of $150,000 from America Recovery and Reinvestment Act Justice Assistance Grant funded the vehicles. The city did not have to pay a match for the grant. "Getting the cars is a wonderful thing," said Police Chief Vickie McNeill. "It's good morale for the officers, and it's time for the department to upgrade." The Howard Wilson Dodge dealership in Jackson supplied the all-black 2011 Dodge Chargers at state contract price.

New Hampshire

Shaheen Announces $1.8 Million For New Hampshire Police Forces (08/30/2011)

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced today that New Hampshire has been awarded $1,827,737 in Department of Justice (DOJ) grants to support police departments and operations across the state.  The awards are administered through DOJ’s Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG), which allows states and units of local government to support a broad range of crime-prevention activities based on local needs.

“I’m pleased New Hampshire will receive these funds to bolster its police forces and help keep our citizens safe” Shaheen said.  “With state and local budgets strained under current economic pressures, these awards will help give the brave policemen and women around our state the resources they need to perform their jobs effectively and better serve the communities they protect.”

New Jersey

Bellevillle Police to Share Federal Funding (08/24/2011)

Due to the massive layoff of police officers in Newark, and below-requisite manpower in their own department, Belleville police officers have the odds stacked against them. For that, Belleville is one of eight local police departments who will share $637,443 from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Belleville, Bloomfield, East Orange, Irvington, Montclair, Newark, Orange and West Orange applied for the federal Justice Assistance Grant. Those entities agreed that Newark would be the "fiscal agent" of any monies received. Newark will subsequently receive the lump sum award, and then allocate funds to co-applicants, said Paul Brubaker, communications director for U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ-8).

Montclair Among Essex Towns Sharing $637,000 Federal Grant for Police (08/24/2011)

Montclair will be receiving a $11,437 federal grant for its police department, part of a total $637,443 that Essex County municipalities are getting, Congressman Bill Pascrell Jr., D-8th, announced Monday. The city of Newark will act as the fiscal agent for the public safety grant from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). The money will go to Montclair and Newark's police, as well as the departments in Essex County, Belleville, Bloomfield, East Orange, Irvington, Orange and West Orange.

"This is welcome assistance from the federal government for the strained police departments of these eight cities," Pascrell stated in a press release. "The financial constraints faced by local police departments have not only lead to cuts in the number of police on our streets, but have also reduced their ability to purchase the equipment they need. As we approach the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, we must never forget that homeland security starts with hometown security."

Hackensack, North Bergen to Share Justice Dept. Grants (08/24/2011)

Hackensack and North Bergen are among more than four dozen towns across the state that will share $2.7 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Justice, officials said Wednesday.

The Justice Assistance Grants can be used for a range of projects for law enforcement and the justice system, including technology and equipment acquisition, legal and correctional services, and other crime prevention initiatives, according to New Jersey’s Democratic U.S. senators, Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez, who announced the funding in a joint statement on Wednesday.

Grant to Help Target Gangs (08/24/2011)

Gang members continue to be targeted in Cape May County. On Tuesday, Aug. 23, the Cape May Board of Freeholders amended the 2011 budget with a $77,444 grant used to help pinpoint violent gang members and associates involved in activity in the county. This is not the first time the county has received the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant. The grant runs from July 1 through July 30, 2012.

In other matters, the board put into that budget a grant totaling $30,202 put toward direct comprehensive services for victims of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault and juvenile offenders. Victim Witness Advocacy Fund Supplemental Grant Program money runs from Nov. 1, 2010, through April 30, 2012. The grant comes from the state Department of Law and Public Safety Division of Criminal Justice.

Bridgeton, Millville, Vineland to Split Up $109K in Law Enforcement Grants (08/24/2011)

New Jersey’s Senators announced Wednesday that Cumberland County will be among several receiving part of about $2.7 million in law enforcement grants. The county will receive $109,871 which will be split up between Bridgeton, Millville, and Vineland, although it was unclear how much of the grant each city will receive.

Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) said the U.S. Department of Justice provided the Justice Assistance Grants, or JAG, through the Bureau of Justice Assistance. “New Jersey’s local governments are facing tight budget constraints that have forced the layoff of public safety officers who work hard every day to keep our communities safe. These federal grants will lend a critical hand to fight crime and reduce violence in our neighborhoods,” said Lautenberg.

New Mexico

County, City Receives Federal Grant to Fund Event Policing (08/31/2011)

The Eddy County Sheriff's Department and the Carlsbad Police Department will split a $29,733 federal grant that will be used to cover overtime costs for certain community events policed by the two agencies.  The annual grant to law enforcement agencies in cities and counties across New Mexico comes from the U.S. Department of Justice.

"The grant money is mostly used for overtime cost when we police school events such as Carlsbad High School's Class Act, Loving High School's Falcon Fest, the July 4th event and other social community events. Although grant money comes to the county, we split it half-and-half with the city," said Eddy County Sheriff Ernie Mendoza.

Northern Mariana Islands

New Law Saves NMI Justice Assistance Grant (08/01/2011)

By signing the sex offender registry bill first hour in the morning on Friday, acting Gov. Eloy S. Inos ensured that the CNMI will continue to receive in full the federal justice assistance grant. The CNMI had until July 29 to enact House Bill 17-111 into law. If it missed the deadline, the commonwealth would have fallen short of meeting the federal standard – which is condition for receiving the annual $370,000 in Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant.

Introduced by Rep. Joseph M. Palacios, R-Saipan, on Sept. 13, 2010, H.B. 17-111 went through major revisions before the House of Representatives passed it three weeks ago. It was not transmitted to the Senate right away until Senate President Paul A. Manglona, Ind.-Rota, asked the Senate clerk to get the bill so senators could act on it as soon as possible.

New York

Schumer Announces Niagara Falls set to Receive Over $58,000 in D.O.J. Grant (08/24/2011)

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced a $58,803 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) from the Department of Justice that will focus on crime reduction in the City of Niagara Falls, and other communities throughout Niagara County. Specifically, the investment will hire a civilian police aide for the community, and will help the Niagara County District Attorney’s Office continue its efforts on sex crime enforcement . Schumer applauds the Department of Justice in their selection of Niagara County for this JAG award, and the Department’s mission to help local governments prevent and control crime in their regions.

Yonkers to Receive Almost $200K Federal Crime-Fighting Grant (08/25/2011)

The U.S. Justice Department is giving Yonkers over $197,600 in an Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) to battle crime. The city will use the money for police patrols, investigations and purchase of technologically advanced equipment.

Other communities in the Hudson Valley have also received JAG grants in past years. U.S. Senator Charles Schumer said the grant for Yonkers is an “investment [to] help make our streets and neighborhoods safer for children, families and seniors.”

Localities to Share in Crime-Fighting Funding (08/12/2011)

The federal government has awarded $426,851 to municipalities in Erie County under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant. The funding, allocated by the from the Department of Justice, will be used in support of crime reduction in the Buffalo, Cheektowaga, and other communities throughout Erie County.

Officials said specifically, the investment will concentrate on crime reduction by dedicating officers to tactical and selective patrols, increasing police officers and community safety officials in the area, and sustaining initiatives that foster partnerships between the police and the community.

Ohio

Police Academy Still Has Openings Available (08/19/2011)

A few openings remain for Kent's first-ever Citizen Police Academy, a 12-week program set to launch Aug. 25. The academy is free for participants, as funding comes courtesy of a U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance grant the department received last year. The program is designed to foster better community relations through education.

(Participants) get an insight into how we do business, how the police department fits into their community and what our actual role is,” Canfield said in a previous interview. “We feel that the police department and police work in general are sometimes misunderstood, and we would like to better educate key members of the public."

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Misses Key Federal Sex Offender Deadline (08/22/2011)

Pennsylvania missed a federal deadline for revamping its sex offender registration laws and risks becoming a "safe haven" for dangerous criminals, a state lawmaker warns. The Adam Walsh Act, enacted in 2006, mandated a more comprehensive, nationwide system to track sex offenders. It gave states five years to adjust their laws to conform with new guidelines. Fourteen states made the July deadline.

Although the state missed a July 27 deadline, the Corbett administration expects that when the Legislature returns to Harrisburg in September, it will pass the necessary changes, Harley said. Meanwhile, the state is asking the U.S. Justice Department to waive the penalty for failing to comply – a 10 percent reduction in the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant.

South Carolina

Sex-Offender Registry Position Created (08/21/2011)

Dorchester County Council unanimously voted Aug. 15 to establish a full-time sex offender registry position. The position is required in all counties, according to Administrator Jason Ward. The person fulfilling that job visits sex offenders in the county to register them.

Money used to pay for the position will come from funds set aside previously for a part-time road guard position and Dorchester County Sheriff's Office, according to Ward. When sex offenders register in the county, a fee is collected by the office and that money will fund about $10,000 of the new salary, according to Ward. Money from the 2011 Justice Assistance Grant will fund a vehicle for the new position.

Cameras Coming to Downtown Florence (08/10/2011)

A recent grant awarded to the Florence Police Department will go towards the purchase of the first set of cameras officers hope will one day blanket the area with around-the-clock crime fighting protection.“We’re hoping it can both deter and detect ,” Florence Police Chief Anson Shells said. “It’s been successful in other cities. We think it can work here.”

The cameras – Shells said the first year grant of $42,257 will pay for about 10 of them – will be set up on corners from N.B. Baroody Street south to West Palmetto Street, in the area bordered by Irby and Dargan streets.

Tennessee

AOC Receives Grant Aiding Petitioners (08/19/2011)

TBA Today reports today on a $200,000 grant awarded to The Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts for the purpose of providing translation assistance to petitioners with limited English proficiency.

The one-year grant from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Competitive Grant Program will pay for interpreters for specific non-indigent parties. Courts that incur expenses may file claims through June 2012. Funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Washington County Officers Now Armed With Stun Guns (08/01/2011)

The Washington County Sheriff's Office is now armed with Tasers. The first 10 deputies and investigators received their non-lethal weapons Monday, but not before feeling the effects of a Taser first.

"It hurts more than I thought it would," Lt. Greg Matherly said after his three-second shock. "(It was) total paralysis for me. You couldn't control where you moved, whether you walked, what you said, what you didn't want to say, all those things you had no control over." In the near future, the department hopes to arm nearly half of its officers with Tasers. A $12,000 federal Justice Assistance Grant helped pay for the first 10 stun guns.

Texas

Cornyn Announces Odessa to Receive Grant to Help Prevent Crime (08/19/2011)

The City of Odessa will receive a grant of $60,702 from the Department of Justice to help prevent crime based on local needs and conditions, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced Friday. The funding comes through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG).

“These funds will equip local law enforcement with the necessary resources to crack down on crime in the area,” said Sen. Cornyn. “Having the proper tools to fight crime is critical to keeping our communities safe, and I applaud the local leaders for working to secure this funding.”

Washington

Wisconsin Innocence Project Receives Department of Justice Grant (08/23/2011)

The U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance has awarded $249,901 to the University of Wisconsin for the Wrongful Conviction Review Program conducted by the Wisconsin Innocence Project under the direction of Professor Keith Findley. The Innocence Project is a legal clinic at the Law School that screens applications, investigates, and, in some cases, litigates on behalf of wrongfully convicted clients.

The funding will allow the program to employ two full-time clinical instructors and a half-time Intake Specialist. The Clinical Instructors are experienced attorneys who will supervise law students as they review cases, visit courthouses, police departments, prisons and other locations to gather documents, speak with potential witnesses, and locate physical evidence. The funding will also cover the costs of consultation with DNA experts and DNA testing of biological evidence, as well as travel costs and other office expenses.

Quincy Plans to Pay $21,000 for INET (08/11/2011)

Quincy will pay $21,100 more for its involvement in the Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET). The decision came after the Grant County Sheriff's Office lost $105,621 in federal funding for the team.

Cuts to the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant resulted in the county's grant dropping from $276,919 in the 2011 fiscal year to $171,298 in the 2012 fiscal year, Undersheriff Dave Ponozzo stated. The grant is funded through the Bureau of Justice Assistance and administered by the state's Department of Commerce.The office used the grant to pay for $42,200 per employee for salaries. He stated the Quincy, Ephrata and Moses Lake police departments were asked to contribute $21,100 more per officer to cover the loss.

Wisconsin

Funding Helps Manitowoc Police Fight Crime (08/15/2011)

Alternative sources of funding helped the Manitowoc Police Department fight crime last year, said Police Chief Tony Dick in the Manitowoc Police Department's 2010 Annual Report, published in July. A partnership with the Wisconsin Bureau of Transportation brought more than $70,000 dollars for bicycle, speed, drug, alcohol and OWI enforcement, education and equipment, Dick said.

According to Brennan: New in 2010 was a Bureau of Justice Assistance-Justice Assistance Grant. Of the $17,348 received, $4,817 went to the Manitowoc County Sheriff's Department, and $12,531 will be used toward the department's second K-9, Ully. The department also obtained a matching $30,000 grant from the West Foundation for its K-9 fund.

West Virginia

Rahall Announces Department of Justice Grant for Statewide Crime Prevention and Control (08/17/2011)

U.S. Representative Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) Wednesday announced $1.7 million in federal funding has been awarded to the West Virginia Division of Justice and Community Services to support crime prevention and control activities statewide and at the local level.

“Justice Assistance Grant funding helps states and local communities address their most pressing law enforcement needs, including enhancing law enforcement and crime-prevention, and battling the epidemic of drug abuse,” said Rahall. “Federal investments like the JAG program are critical to bolstering the work of law enforcement officers and keeping our communities safe. As budget constraints force funding cuts, I will do all that I can to protect this program and other effective crime-fighting initiatives that are so important to the well-being of West Virginia families.”

Parkersburg Gets Grant Money For Law Enforcement (08/25/2011)

Seven West Virginia cities, including Parkersburg, will receive federal grants to support law enforcement agencies. U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller and Rep. Nick Rahall announced the funding from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program on Thursday.

The grants will be used to buy equipment, pay overtime and provide other support. They include $99,357 for Huntington, $43,926 for Beckley, $39,999 for Morgantown, $38,355 for Parkersburg, $37,168 for Wheeling, $15,525 for South Charleston and $14,611 for Princeton.

DOJ Grants Award More Than $100,000 to Cities, State Agencies to Fight Drug Crime (08/15/2011)

It just got a little easier for law enforcement agencies across the state to crack down on drug abuse. Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, both D-W.Va., announced Aug. 15 that agencies in the state will receive more than $100,000 in federal grant money to fight drug abuse and to prevent and control crime.

“In the last few weeks, I’ve heard from many local business owners that he drug problem is hurting their ability to hire and keep employees, and in this tough economy we have to do everything in our power to help improve the jobs climate,” Manchin said. “Providing law enforcement with the resources they need to crack down on drug dealers is a top priority.”