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Murray, West Jordan Get Department Of Justice Grants To Support Law Enforcement, Communities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 22, 2013
Utah Department of Public Safety Also Gets Forensic Science Grant

            SALT LAKE CITY – The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded Edward Bryne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants (JAG) to Murray and West Jordan to support law enforcement efforts in the two cities.

            JAG funding allows states and local governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent crime based on their own state and local needs. Grant funds can be used for state and local initiatives, technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support and information systems for criminal justice programs. The funds can be used in a variety of program areas, including law enforcement; prosecution and court programs; prevention and education; corrections; drug treatment and enforcement programs; planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs; and crime victim and witness programs (other than compensation).

            Murray received a $32,595 grant from DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Assistance. Murray will use the funds to purchase law enforcement equipment for police vehicles.

            West Jordan received a $34,538 grant. West Jordan will use the funds for training and law enforcement equipment.

            DOJ’s National Institute of Justice has awarded a $59,427 grant to the Utah Department of Public Safety as a part of this year’s Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program. Coverdell funds are to be used to improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science and medical examiner services and to eliminate backlogs in the analysis of forensic evidence, including controlled substances, firearms examinations, forensic pathology, latent prints, questioned documents, toxicology and trace evidence.

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