Aug 24 2005

SHELBY ANNOUNCES OVER $101,000 FOR CRIME CONTROL AND PREVENTION PROGRAMS IN LEE COUNTY

WASHINGTON, D. C. — U.S. Senator Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala) announced today that U.S. Department of Justice will be releasing $101,328 to Lee County 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

Lee County and the City of Opelika will be purchasing radios and mobile data transfer units for the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the Opelika Police Department. This will improve communication between officers and give them the capability to perform license and warrants checks on individuals.

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased to announce over $101,000 for law enforcement in Lee County. These funds will help improve communication among law enforcement officers and help to ensure the safety and protection of our officers and our citizens.”

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