Columbus, OH. - In a press release today, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced recipients of his Law Enforcement Initiative Grant. The Governor will distribute dollars to 21 communities to help them fight crime. According to the press release, Governor DeWine announced today that he is awarding $8.5 million to 21 local law enforcement agencies to help them strategically combat violence in their communities.
“Many law enforcement agencies across Ohio are facing an increase in resignations and a decrease in new applicants to fill those vacant positions, which has a direct impact on the safety of their communities,” said Governor DeWine. “I am committed to supporting agencies that need help filling their ranks so they can effectively protect their citizens and themselves,” said Governor DeWine.
Brown on Cleveland caught up with Garfield Heights Mayor Matthew Burke after receiving the press release. “I want to thank Chief Mark Kaye and Deputy Chief Dale Merchant of our Garfield Hts Police Department and their team for the hard work and dedication in applying for this vital safety grant. Thank you to Governor Mike DeWine for awarding the $1.3 million grant funding to help keep our community safe,” commented Mayor Burke. The Grant will aid the City with advanced crime analysis and new technology to help identify repeat offenders and hotspots for crime.
Other grantees in Cuyahoga County include South Euclid Police Department ($382,430.34), Strongsville Police Department ($1,620,514.87), and Orange Village Police Department ($239,689.39).
As per the press release, since the launch of the Ohio Violent Crime Reduction Grant Program in April, Governor DeWine has awarded $37.2 million to 119 Ohio law enforcement agencies. The Grant is to help them prevent and investigate violent crime through new and enhanced anti-violence programs and improved staffing levels.
The program is funded through the state operating budget and the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Governor DeWine will award approximately $100 million to local law enforcement agencies, as stated in the press release.