Spanberger Announces Award of More than $65,000 for Henrico County Police Department to Prevent & Combat Crime

Sep 29, 2022
Local Issues
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The Congresswoman Successfully Supported Efforts to Increase Funding for the Grant Program that Made this Award Possible

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Spanberger today announced a federal award of $66,350 for crime prevention programs and law enforcement assistance in Henrico County.

This grant funding is made possible through the U.S. Department of Justice’s Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, which helps local governments support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on their own local needs and conditions.

“The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant will enhance the work of the Henrico Police Division and the vital services the division provides for Henrico residents and visitors,” said John A. Vithoulkas, County Manager, Henrico County. “Henrico County is grateful for Rep. Spanberger’s efforts to secure this funding and for her unflagging support of the work of this county.”   

“I’m proud to announce this award, which will provide Henrico County and the Henrico County Police Department with additional resources to keep their community safe,” said Spanberger. “As a former federal law enforcement officer, I recognize the dedication that these men and women bring to their jobs every day. I am glad that these funds can now be used to support local officers, prevent crime throughout the county, and make sure those who break the law can be held accountable.”

Last year, Spanberger voted to increase funding to the Edward Byrne Memorial JAG grant program by $190.5 million — a nearly 40 percent increase for this law enforcement-focused program from the previous fiscal year’s enacted funding level. This increased investment was signed into law.

BACKGROUND

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, these grant funds can be used for state and local initiatives, technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, and information systems for criminal justice or civil proceedings, including for any one or more of the following program areas: 1) law enforcement programs; 2) prosecution and court programs; 3) prevention and education programs; 4) corrections and community corrections programs; 5) drug treatment and enforcement programs; 6) planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs; 7) crime victim and witness programs (other than compensation); 8) mental health programs and related law enforcement and corrections programs, including behavioral programs and crisis intervention teams; and 9) implementation of state crisis intervention court proceedings and related programs or initiatives, including but not limited to: mental health courts; drug courts; veterans courts; and extreme risk protection order programs.

Click here for more information about the Edward Byrne Memorial JAG program.

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