President Obama announces funds for Wash. law enforcement - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

President Obama announces funds for Wash. law enforcement

WASHINGTON. - President Barack Obama today announced $2 billion in Recovery Act 2009 funding allocations for state and local law enforcement assistance available through the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, including over $36.7 million for the state of Washington.

The JAG Program supports a variety of efforts such as hiring and support for law enforcement officers; multijurisdictional drug and gang task forces; crime prevention and domestic violence programs; and courts, corrections, treatment, and justice information sharing initiatives. The breakdown of JAG allocation amounts for Washington state and local governments can be viewed here:  http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA/recoveryJAG/recjag/WA.xls

"These funds are a vital component in our effort to not just revive our economy, but to build a new foundation for lasting prosperity and security," President Obama said. "By keeping police officers on the streets whose jobs were threatened by budget cuts and ensuring states and municipalities have the tools and equipment necessary to fight crime, this money will simultaneously help jumpstart the American economy and protect our citizens."

The procedure for allocating JAG grants is based on a formula of population and violent crime statistics, in combination with a minimum allocation to ensure that each state and territory receives an appropriate share of funding.  Sixty percent of the allocation is awarded directly to a state and 40 percent is set aside for units of local governments.  Funding will be used by states and more than 5000 local communities to enhance their ability to protect communities and combat crime. 

The Recovery Act includes more than $4 billion to assist state, local and tribal law enforcement and for other criminal and juvenile justice activities that help to prevent crime and improve the criminal justice system in the United States while supporting the creation of jobs and much needed resources for states and local communities.

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