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Tuesday, 09 April 2013 11:21

$1.2 Million in Federal Funds Awarded To Support Anti-Drug Efforts in Michigan

(AREA) -- Criminal justice agencies across Michigan are getting $1.2 million in federal grants to strengthen anti-drug and crime-fighting efforts. The funding was announced Tuesday by Gov. Rick Snyder and the Michigan State Police. The grants come from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program and are focused on technology enhancements. The Thumb Narcotics Unit out of Lapeer County was awarded $66,710 for Multijurisdictional Task Forces. The T.N.U. serves Huron, Lapeer, Sanilac, and Tuscola counties and identifies and targets narcotics traffickers of all levels. The Port Huron Police Department was awarded $50,000 to allow officers to work overtime and focus on problem areas that are determined based on criminal and traffic statistics. The department was also awarded $40,000 for technology enhancement projects. The St. Clair County Sheriff's Department will receive $50,000 for Residential Substance Abuse Treatment, which will provide an intensive treatment program addressing the substance abuse and criminal behavior of felony offenders during their incarceration. $69,630 was awarded to the St. Clair County Prosecuting Attorney's office for the purchase of an updated electronic prosecution solution that enables the ten law enforcement agencies in St. Clair County to electronically communicate with the office. The Clay Township Police Department was awarded $17,953 for technology enhancement projects. Agencies receiving funding have until July 31 to spend the money. Byrne JAG grants are named in honor of New York City police Officer Edward Byrne, who was fatally shot in 1988 on orders from a drug dealer.