U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science, today announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee included $12.5 million for Alabama in the Fiscal Year 2008 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program. The grant program provides funding for law enforcement to implement programs that prevent and control crime based on their own community’s needs. After this action by the committee, the bill will go before the full Senate for consideration.
“In many of my 67 county visits this year, district attorneys and law enforcement officers spoke to me about the importance of the Byrne grants,” said Shelby. “This reiterates my strong belief that the individuals serving on the front lines of our communities each day know best what their departments need to successfully do their jobs. Providing funds directly to our law enforcement officers allow them to control crime based on their own needs and is one of the best ways we can support our crime fighters.”