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Press Release

Justice Department Awards Nearly $3 Million in Grants to the State of Louisiana

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Louisiana

U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Gathe, Jr. announced that the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance has awarded $2,986,000 collectively to Louisiana State Police and East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office. 

Louisiana State Police was awarded $2,300,000 to be used to initiate and host the first Law Enforcement Symposium, focusing on De-Escalation, Use of Force Tactics, Less Lethal Weapons Uses, and Advanced Scenario Training.  These symposiums will be in conjunction with the purchase and deployment of Virtual Reality Scenario-Based training platforms.

East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office was awarded $686,000 to be used for a pilot Rapid DNA program for processing reference samples and single-source crime scene evidence.  Rapid DNA provides an opportunity to impact investigations by providing investigative leads in real-time. 

Updated August 9, 2022