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U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich announces $152,772 grant from Justice Department for Billings Police Department, Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office

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

BILLINGS  — U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich today announced that the Department of Justice has awarded $152,772 to the Billings Police Department and the Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office for supplies and equipment.

The grant is from the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, FY23 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program.

“Our top priority in Billings is fighting violent crime and we cannot do this effectively without the brave men and women of the Billings Police Department and Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office. They deserve our unwavering support and as far as the U.S. Department of Justice is concerned, we are putting money where our mouth is by providing them this grant to help keep officers safe and protect our community from dangerous criminals,” U.S. Attorney Laslovich said.

The grant award is for a joint application from the Billings Police Department and Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office, with the police department acting as the grant administrator. The Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office plans to use its $20,611 grant allocation to purchase equipment and supplies for its office and detention facility, including rechargeable flashlights and charging docks for the detention facility, batteries used for its tactical robot, helicopter and other radios and miscellaneous supplies. The sheriff’s office also plans to use the money to fix hail damage on the helicopter and to buy a portable radio. The Billings Police Department plans to use its allocation of $132,161 to purchase patrol SUV equipment, simulation ammunition, Point Blank vests, TASER training cartridges, uniforms, batteries, first aid supplies and promotional items.



Clair J. Howard

Public Affairs Officer


Updated December 21, 2023

Press Release Number: 23-472