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Grants Awarded To Local Law Enforcement Agencies

Police Car

Citizens across Missouri may sleep better at night thanks to statewide law enforcement grants that are improving the safety of even the smallest communities. KSMU’s Chasity Mayes reports.

817,000 is the magic number for law enforcement agencies across the Show Me State. That’s how many dollars Governor Jay Nixon announced will be given in order to improve the safety of officers and the public.The grants, which are being funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, will assist police, sheriff, and Highway Patrol departments across the state by providing equipment such as bulletproof vests, radios and in-car cameras to both rural and metropolitan communities. Bruce Belin, Chief of Police in Crane, Missouri, says his department will be using its portion of the money to buy a new police car.

The grants are limited to $9,000 and require a ten percent local match. Grant recipients may choose, however, to pay for larger expenses. Willard, Cassville and Rogersville also benefited from the grant, receiving amounts ranging from around 2 thousand to 6 thousand dollars.

For KSMU News, I’m Chasity Mayes.