Aug 12 2008

Shelby Announces $447,174 for Alabama Law Enforcement Community

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science, today announced that the Department of Justice will award $447,174 to the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center, located in Montgomery.  This grant is awarded through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program, which provides funding for law enforcement agencies to implement programs that prevent and control crime based on their own identified needs.  Senator Shelby was instrumental in securing this funding.

“In many of my 67 county visits this year, district attorneys and law enforcement officers spoke to me about the importance of the Byrne grant program,” said Shelby. “This underscores my strong belief that the individuals serving on the front lines of our communities each day know first hand what their departments need to successfully do their jobs.  Providing funds directly to our law enforcement officers allows them the flexibility to determine how to best control crime and is one of the most effective ways we can support our crime fighters.”