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Justice Department Awards Over $4.2 Million in Grants to State and Local Agencies

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 $4,202,037 collectively to the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, Baton Rouge Police Department, Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office.

The Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement (“LCLE”) was awarded $3,893,810 to provide resources in assisting Louisiana agencies fight the drug epidemic and violent crime throughout the state.  Project activities include providing state and local units of government funding to enforce drug control laws and to improve the functioning of the criminal justice system, with an emphasis on violent crime and serious offenders.  LCLE is a foundation located in Baton Rouge dedicated to improving the operations of the criminal justice and juvenile justice systems and to promoting public safety by providing progressive leadership and coordination within the criminal justice community.

East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office and Baton Rouge Police Department was awarded $235,720 to purchase and maintain video/computer equipment, and general law enforcement equipment that would be otherwise be unavailable, due to budgetary constraints. Approved budget items will promote officer and citizen safety throughout their communities.

Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office (“LPSO”) was awarded $41,007 to further the goals of the Livingston Parish Gun Violence Reduction Initiative by providing overtime pay to gun violence investigators, use technology to provide officer safety and obtain evidence for illegal gun related prosecutions, prevent gun violence crimes, and to target violent criminal offenders. 

Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office was awarded $31,500 to provide all law enforcement officers in Ascension Parish with reliable and effective body armor.

For more information about these awards, please contact the OJP Office of Communications at 202-307-0703 or

Updated September 25, 2023