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State Seal The Justice & Public Safety Cabinet
Press Release Date:  November 8, 2004
Contact:  Chris Gilligan
Office: 502-564-7554
Cell: 502-330-4967

Frankfort, KY – Lieutenant Governor Stephen B. Pence, who also serves as The Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary, announced the cabinet has awarded $205,989 to 49 police and sheriffs departments. The money will be used for things like tasers, ammunition, helicopter equipment and other police gear.

 “These flexible grants can be used for just about anything local departments need,” says Lieutenant Governor Pence. “Instead of being given something they don’t want or buying things they don’t need, local departments can get what they can use. I am glad we are able to help meet the needs of police officers and sheriffs deputies.”

 The money comes from The Local Law Enforcement Block Grant fund. The award amount is based on crime statistics, as reported by local agencies. The program provides funds to departments to assist with projects that reduce crime and improve public safety.

 “These grants can help a small department, with a small budget get by,” says Pence. “Police officers face many hazards on a daily basis and deserve the best equipment to fight crime in their communities. These grants will help our local police departments equip their officers with state of the art gear. I strongly support getting Kentucky’s law enforcement officers and deputies what they need to protect the public.”

 A complete spreadsheet with agency, use and award amount is attached.

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Last updated: Wednesday, November 17, 2004