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Tuesday, 08 October 2013 09:52

U.S. gives Michigan $6 million to fight drugs, crime

(AREA) -- Gov. Rick Snyder says that criminal justice agencies in Michigan are sharing $6 million in federal grants for anti-drug and anti-crime efforts. Snyder said the grants announced Monday come through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program and the Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners Program. He says the grants "will be used to enhance public safety ... combating drug abuse and violence" and "will help build stronger communities."
The St. Clair County Sheriff's Department has been awarded $59,000 for Residential Substance Abuse Treatment. The funding will provide an intensive cognitive behavioral treatment
program addressing the substance abuse and criminal thinking of felony offenders during their
incarceration at the county jail.

The Thumb Narcotics Unit was awarded Byrne JAG funds in the amont of $51,918 for its multijurisdictional task force that serves Huron, Lapeer, Sanilac, and Tuscola counties. The T.N.U. identifies and targets narcotics traffickers of all levels and also assists local law
enforcement with criminal investigations.

Byrne grants are named in honor of New York City police Officer Edward Byrne.