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Justice Department Announces More Than $376 Million In Awards To Promote Public Safety

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

                Over $13.3 Million Will Support Crime-Fighting Efforts in the Northern District of Florida

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – The Department of Justice announced that it has awarded more than $376
million in grant funding to enhance state, local, and tribal law enforcement operations and to
reinforce public safety efforts in jurisdictions across the United States. The awards, made by the
Department’s Office of Justice Programs, include $13,363,425 to support public safety activities
the Northern District of Florida.

“Crime and violence hold families, friends, and neighborhoods hostage, and they rip communities
apart,” said OJP Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan. “These programs
help restore the health and safety of crime-ravaged communities by supporting prevention
activities, aiding in the apprehension and prosecution of perpetrators, facilitating appropriate
sentencing and adjudication, and providing communities and their residents the means for recovery
and healing.”

The awards announced support an array of crime-fighting initiatives, including the quarter-
billion-dollar Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grants Program, which funds public safety efforts in
929 state, local, and tribal jurisdictions. Funding also supports sex offender registration and
notification, law enforcement-based victim services, the testing of sexual assault kits, and
programs designed to address youth with sexual behavioral problems. Other awards will focus on
wrongful convictions, intellectual property enforcement, innovative prosecution strategies and the
safety and effectiveness of corrections systems.

“The vast majority of law enforcement in our country is conducted at the local level, strongly
supported by federal partners. This is especially true in the Northern District of Florida, where
we have forged strong partnerships will local agencies, and these grants will strengthen efforts to
protect law-abiding citizens across the district,” said Lawrence Keefe, United States Attorney for
the Northern District of Florida.

The following awards were made to organizations in the Northern District of Florida:

Bay County Commission - $25,724

City of Gainesville - $106,527

City of Panama City - $22,911

City of Pensacola - $25,219

City of Tallahassee - $153,335

Escambia County - $114,870

Escambia County Commissioners - $168,516

Florida Department of Law Enforcement - 10,551,399

Institute for Intergovernmental Research, Tallahassee - $500,000 and $1,607,819

Okaloosa County - $39,716

Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office - $16,276

Wakulla County Sheriff's Office - $19,140

Walton County Sheriff's Office - $11,973

For more information about OJP awards, visit the OJP Awards Data webpage.

The Office of Justice Programs, directed by Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine
T. Sullivan, provides federal leadership, grants, training and technical assistance, and other
resources to improve the nation’s capacity to prevent and reduce crime, assist victims, and enhance
the rule of law by strengthening the criminal and juvenile justice systems. More information about
OJP and its components can be found at

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U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of Florida

Updated December 5, 2019