For Immediate Release: December 8, 2016
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Brian Coy, (804) 225-4260, Brian.Coy@governor.virginia.gov

Governor McAuliffe Announces Award of “Policing in the 21st Century” Grants

 

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced the award of 36 community policing grants in support of his “Policing in the 21st Century” Initiative. The grants were approved by the Criminal Justice Services Board at a meeting today in Richmond. The grants will support training and equipment to enhance the recipient agencies’ community inclusive policing efforts.  Money for the grants will come from federal funds awarded to the Commonwealth from the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program.

“Since the beginning of my administration, my team and I have worked closely with local and state law enforcement agencies to develop strategies that build and strengthen their relationships within the communities they serve,” said Governor McAuliffe. “Strong police-community relationships are essential to protecting the safety of families and businesses in every community in our Commonwealth. I commend the agencies that are receiving this award for their outstanding leadership on these important issues. We will continue to ensure policing in the 21st century is built on communal integrity across all corners of the Commonwealth.”

The focus of the funding offered for these grants was a response to the input the Administration received in four Law Enforcement and Community listening sessions in August and September. Convened by Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security, Brian Moran, the sessions drew more than 300 people representing law enforcement and community groups. They offered a variety of ideas that communities could initiate with grant funding to strengthen relationships between law enforcement and their communities.

“These grant funds are a direct result of the constructive feedback and dialogue we heard from listening sessions we held across the Commonwealth,” said Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security, Brian Moran. “My team and I look forward to working with all of the grant recipients as we pursue effective community policing efforts. These grants are a positive step forward as we continue to build bridges between law enforcement and the public.”

Director Fran Ecker of the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), which administers the grants, added, “The funds awarded by the Board will enable the recipients to expand on existing community policing efforts and add new ones as well. We applaud the recipients for their commitment to community policing.”

The grants will support a variety of efforts, including: one-on-one and small group mentoring for youths and their families; training for law enforcement officers in de-escalation and crisis communication strategies; equipment for a police department athletic program  intended for at-risk youth; a community collaboration effort to reduce crime, involving law enforcement, the public schools, social services, the Commonwealth’s Attorney and nonprofit agencies; and a public school-based youth outreach program to promote positive relationships with law enforcement.

The grants approved by the Board total over $756,000. Applicants were required to submit proposals describing their projects and providing budgets showing how the funds will be spent. The applications were reviewed by DCJS staff and by a committee of the Board. 

Details on the localities awarded grants are below:

Department of Criminal Justice Services

 

2017 Community Policing Initiative (Byrne JAG)

 

Locality/Organization

Agency

Total Award

 

Albemarle

County

Police Department

$20,000

 

Bedford

County

Sheriff's Office

$5,495

 

Bluefield

Town

Police Department

$12,058

 

Buena Vista

City

Police Department

$40,000

 

Clarke

County

Sheriff's Office

$13,013

 

Danville

City

Police Department

$20,000

 

Department of Alcohol Beverage Control

State

Dept. of Alcohol & Bev.

$20,000

 

Frederick

County

Sheriff's Office

$20,000

 

Galax

City

Police Department

$25,726

 

Galax

City

Police Department

$17,244

 

Halifax

County

Sheriff's Office

$18,850

 

Hampton

City

Police Department

$20,000

 

James City

County

Police Department

$15,857

 

James City

County

Police Department

$12,444

 

Lynchburg

City

Police Department

$20,000

 

Martinsville

City

Police Department

$19,750

 

Newport News

City

Police Department

$19,999

 

Norfolk

City

Police Department

$7,944

 

Norfolk State University

School

Police Department

$14,285

 

Pennington Gap

Town

Police Department

$12,046

 

Pittsylvania

County

Sheriff's Office

$40,000

 

Portsmouth

City

Police Department

$20,000

 

Portsmouth

City

Police Department

$20,000

 

Radford

City

Police Department

$17,400

 

Rappahannock Regional Training Academy

Other

Regional Training Academy

$110,463

 

Richmond

City

Police Department

$20,000

 

Roanoke

City

Police Department

$6,000

 

Roanoke

City

Police Department

$20,000

 

Roanoke

City

Police Department

$20,000

 

Roanoke County

County

Police Department

$11,667

 

Salem

City

Police Department

$17,333

 

Southwest Virginia Criminal Justice Academy

Other

Regional Training Academy

$19,350

 

Suffolk

City

Police Department

$19,847

 

Surry

County

Sheriff's Office

$19,556

 

Vinton

Town

Police Department

$20,000

 

Winchester

City

Police Department

$20,000

 

TOTAL 

$756,327

 

 

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