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Schatz announces $1.5M for crime prevention


U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz has announced that state and county offices in Hawaii will receive $1,562,684 from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG).

The JAG program provides resources to states and local government for activities to prevent and control crime. Funding will support programs in law enforcement, prosecution, prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, and planning, evaluation, and technology improvement.

“Our state and county law enforcement professionals work day in and day out to keep the people and visitors of Hawaii safe,” Schatz said. “These grants will help ensure they have the resources they need by funding important programs that prevent crime and improve the well-being of our communities.”

Schatz joined Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) in sending a letter of support for the Edward Byrne JAG Program.

JAG program funding for the State Department of the Attorney General, City and County of Honolulu, and Hawaii, Kauai and Maui Counties includes:

* The State Department of the Attorney General will receive $908,157. Programs selected for funding will focus on evidence-based initiatives to prevent sexual assaults, elder abuse, drug crimes, property crimes, and juvenile delinquency. The funding will also support re-entry efforts, forensic science capabilities, and collaboration with other agencies.

* The City and County of Honolulu will receive $454,753. The award will be used to fund the salary for a crime analyst, evidence custodian, and criminalist; provide overtime for officers working closely with communities to ensure their safety; upgrade law enforcement technology; and target property crime. In addition, the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney will use its share of the JAG award to train prosecutors and provide new technology to improve criminal prosecutions.

* The County of Hawaii’s Office of the Prosecuting Attorney will receive $89,333. Grant funds will be used to upgrade its computer system by purchasing new equipment and by training staff to use the improved technology.

* The Department of the Prosecuting Attorney of the County of Maui will receive $67,060. Grant funds will be used to purchase high-capacity computers with upgraded software in order to integrate criminal data efficiently from local county law enforcement agencies and prosecutor offices throughout the state of Hawaii.

* The County of Kauai’s Office of the Prosecuting Attorney will receive $43,381. Grant funds will be used to hire a process server and the Kauai Police Department will use the funds for officer training.

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