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Washington state awarded $5 million for criminal justice
The U.S. Justice Department today awarded nearly $5 million dollars in grants to improve criminal justice in Washington State, announced U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan.
The largest grant, $3.6 million, will be funneled through the Washington State Department of Commerce. An advisory council made up of law enforcement, corrections, treatment and prevention professionals at the local, state and federal level selects the grant recipients throughout the state. Individual police departments also received $1.3 million in direct grants, and the University of Washington received more than $247,000 for its Wrongful Conviction Review Program.
- Skagit County $10,050 for their Victim Offender Meeting Program.
- Bellingham $35,159 for their Active Shooter training for law enforcement agencies in the area to increase officer safety, improve integrated public safety response, and to save lives.
- Everett $54,339 to purchase a variety of equipment including trauma kits, SWAT training, ballistic shields, license plate readers and life vests.
- Clark County $92,769 and surrounding jurisdictions will use the grant for equipment and technology including a crime reporting and analysis system, ammunition, protective gear and a criminal and jail records system
- Thurston County $31,922 for computer equipment; case management transition and implementations; visual aid equipment; and training.
- University Place $10,323 to support community-based programs. Funds will be used for overtime and to augment crime prevention programs concerning personal and property safety.
- Snohomish County $41,155. The Sheriff's Office will use grant funds to support overtime costs incurred for training.
- Bremerton $25,688 to preserve the community resource specialist who oversees the landlord notification, neighborhood watch, and crime prevention programs in the community.
- Lakewood $59,756 to target the increasing crime of copper theft and identify and eradicate illegal scrap metal shops operating in the area.
- Kitsap County $53,590 to obtain new equipment and technology to improve service and provide a safe environment for officers and the community.