U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today announced that various communities around New Mexico have been awarded grants through the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to support efforts aimed at reducing and preventing crime.
"These grants are helping to ensure that New Mexico can continue to make crime prevention and officer training a top priority," Bingaman said.
Grants were awarded through DOJ's Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG), which allows states and units of local government, including tribes, to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on their own state and local needs and conditions.
The following New Mexico communities were awarded funding:
Otero County - $11,660 to upgrade and replace personal defensive equipment.
City of Roswell - $33,082 to purchase law enforcement equipment, including Panasonic Tough Books, docking hardware, and Kenwood Remote Mounts.
City of Las Cruces - $69,316 to purchase law enforcement equipment, including computer equipment, dry-erase boards for the police academy, overhead projector, equipment supplies for LCPD police officer force-on-force training, portable fingerprint scanners, and desktop scanners.
New Mexico Department of Public Safety - $1.79 million to provide state agencies and units of local governments with additional personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, travel and training, technical assistance, and information systems for criminal justice.
City of Farmington - $71,519 to purchase law enforcement equipment including equipment for police cruisers, window tint meters, and tasers.