State Law Enforcement Agencies to Benefit From Federal Grant Money

A number of state law enforcement agencies across the country will be able to hire and retain workers due to a federal grant program designed to support a broad range of crime prevention initiatives.

In New York, the city of Niagara Falls will receive over $58,000 from the Edward Byran Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) through the Department of Justice (DOJ). The funds will be used to hire a civilian police officer and support the local sex crime enforcement unit, according to WKBW-TV.

The Bell County Sheriff’s office in Killeen, Texas, has been awarded more than $47,000 to purchase safety and communications equipment.

Killeen Police Chief Dennis Baldwin told the Killeen Daily Herald the money is essential in funding struggling local law enforcement agencies.

“Historically speaking, JAG funding has had a positive impact on our department’s ability to meet equipment needs to respond to our policing mission,” Baldwin noted.

Meanwhile, in Georgia, federal law enforcement officials said they will be looking to fill 48 positions at a training center in Brunswick.

The Associated Press reports officials from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center will be hiring human resources professionals, college students and veterans to fill a variety of jobs at the facility.