Sixteen grants worth more than $2.24 million have been approved for municipal and county law enforcement agencies in Mississippi to upgrade law enforcement equipment and improve public safety, U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) today reported.
The grants to Mississippi police and sheriffs' departments represent formula grant funding provided through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Justice. The grants, which have been approved over the past few weeks, will be used to improve local, state and tribal law enforcement activities.
"Byrne Memorial grants help local law enforcement agencies in Mississippi attain the equipment and training needed to battle illegal activities, promote public safety and prosecute crimes," Cochran said.
The largest of the 16 grants is a $1.99 million award to the Mississippi Division of Public Safety Planning to help state and local law enforcement combat illegal drug and violent crime activities by interdiction and activities statewide. Among other things, the funding is intended to support multi-jurisdictional drug task force programs.
The following activities will be supported with FY2012 JAG grant funding:
* Mississippi Division of Public Safety Planning − $1,999,383 to fund projects to reduce crime in Mississippi specifically pertaining to illegal drugs and violent crime
* City of Vicksburg/Warren County − $32,428 to purchase law enforcement equipment to improve officer and community safety
* Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians − $24,411 to replace body armor and tasers
* City of Hattiesburg/Forrest County − $24,051 to purchase motion tablets and other equipment for Hattiesburg officers to increase efficiency in uploading and accessing data, and to update Forrest County Sheriff's Department individual officer equipment for correctional officers
* Jackson County -- $21,379 to upgrade equipment for maritime vessels used to patrol ports and waterways
* City of Laurel − $17,370 to purchase law enforcement equipment and supplies
* City of Greenwood -- $17,268 to purchase updated narrow-band mobile and portable radios, as well as reflective vests for officers
* City of Tupelo − $14,955 to purchase laptops, tasers, holsters and bulletproof vests
* City of Pascagoula − $13,208 to purchase handheld radios to enhance officer communication
* Jones County − $12,488 to purchase equipment for the Patrol Division and SWAT
* Grenada County -- $11,923 to purchase communications equipment
* City of Indianola − $11,358 to purchase in-car video equipment for patrol vehicles
* City of Moss Point − $11,152 to purchase law enforcement equipment, including portable radios
* Panola County − $10,587 to purchase radios and related items to improve investigations and officer safety
* Marshal County − $10,278 to support law enforcement safety training
* Rankin County − $10,278 to purchase supplies for police vehicles and crime scene equipment
Additional Byrne Memorial grants could be awarded to Mississippi prior to the end of the FY2012 fiscal year on Sept. 30.