May 14 2004

SHELBY ANNOUNCES OVER $7 MILLION FOR ALABAMA VIOLENT CRIME PREVENTION AND DRUG-CONTROL PROGRAMS

U.S. Senator Richard C. Shelby (R-AL) today announced that the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs will receive $7,470,987 in federal funding for violent crime prevention and drug-control programs. This funding will enhance Alabama law enforcement efforts by encouraging innovation and cooperation among law enforcement, support agencies, criminal justice agencies and resource organizations.

The grant was awarded by the U. S. Department of Justice as part of the Edward Byrne Memorial State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance Program. This program provides grants to state and local governments to assist them in implementing initiatives which improve the overall effectiveness of our criminal justice system. It places special emphasis on controlling violent and drug-related crime, and coordinating state, regional, and national drug-control priorities.

Sen. Shelby said, “I am pleased that the Department of Justice has dedicated these funds in support of improving Alabama’s law enforcement capabilities. I am hopeful that these funds will help our communities better combat violent and drug-related crimes.”