Jul 13 2005

SHELBY ANNOUNCES OVER $526,000 FOR CRIME PREVENTION PROGRAMS IN JEFFERSON COUNTY

WASHINGTON, D. C. — U.S. Senator Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala) announced today that U.S. Department of Justice will be releasing $526,755 to the City of Birmingham for The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG).

JAG allows states, tribes, and local governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on the needs of the communities. These funds can be used for technical assistance, training, equipment and information systems for criminal justice for any one or more of the following purpose areas:

  • Law Enforcement Programs
  • Prosecution and Court Programs
  • Prevention and Education Programs
  • Corrections and Community Corrections Programs
  • Drug Treatment Programs
  • Planning, Evaluation and Technology Improvements Programs

The City of Birmingham and Jefferson County will use these funds to purchase driving simulators that will give police officers important hands-on experience to learn to deal with a variety of real-life situations. These funds will also be used to purchase hardware and software to enhance communications in the field.

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased to announce over $526,000 for the City of Birmingham and Jefferson County. These funds will help support the efforts of the City and County to improve their crime prevention tools and techniques that will ultimately help to ensure the safety of both our law enforcement officers and our citizens.”

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