Central Oregon receives Justice Dept. grants for crime-fighting efforts

Deschutes County and the City of Redmond were among 10 Oregon municipalities awarded federal grant funding Wednesday to enhance state, local and tribal law enforcement operations and reinforce public safety efforts in jurisdictions across the United States.

The Department of Justice announced that it has awarded more than $376 million in grant funding nationwide with $3.4 million going to support public safety activities in Oregon. The awards were made by the Department’s Office of Justice Programs.

“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 City of Redmond will receive $10,575 and Deschutes County will receive $28,452 in grants as part of the Bureau of Justice Assistance Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Program.

“Protecting public safety and the fair administration of justice requires steadfast partnership among local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies. I’m thankful for the culture of collaboration and teamwork that have come to define Oregon’s law enforcement community,” said Billy J. Williams, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon. “My sincere hope is that these awards will support and further the tremendous work being done by law enforcement agencies across the state. As an Oregonian, I’m proud of your efforts.”

The awards announced today 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.

In October, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs received a $231,826 federal grant to help fund behind-the-scenes efforts to monitor sex offenders.

The Adam Walsh Act Implementation Grant Program was awarded to 21 tribal recipients under the Office of Justice Programs’ Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking.

“These grant awards enable tribal jurisdictions to implement the requirements of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. Funding supports staff, information sharing technology and infrastructure development; law enforcement training and stakeholder collaboration,” according to a release from the Department of Justice.




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