Federal Aid Uses Range From SWAT Teams To Juvenile Re-Entry


The White House today issued a long list of anticrime projects that states and localities intend to pursue using funds in the federal economic stimulus law. The money would be provided under the Byrne JAG (Justice Assistance Grant) program administered by the Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs. The list was made public as President Obama spoke in Columbus, Ohio, which is getting federal aid to pay a new class of police cadets.

Among programs cited by the White House: Providence, R.I., Police Chief Dean Esserman will pay police overtime, focusing on gun violence and gangs; Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis will retain officers he otherwise would fire because of severe municipal funding cutbacks; the New Jersey State Police will hire crime analysts for its all-crimes all-hazards Fusion Center; Bowling Green, Ky., wants to upgrade its 14-year-old police radio system; Story County, Ia., would raise two drug task force deputies’ salaries back up to where they were originally, as well as to bring back a drug prosecutor; the Fresno County, Ca., Sheriff's Office wants equipment and supplies for their SWAT and Training Units; the State of New York may invest in juvenile re-entry initiatives for after care programs and reentry services, such as family reunification programs, job placement of offenders re-entering the community, and residential stabilization through building of housing.

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