May 16, 2002

Memphis Police Department Receives $2,753 Grant

Memphis Police Department Receives $2,753 Local Law Enforcement Grant The Memphis Police Department has been approved for a $2,753.82 grant as part of a statewide project for law enforcement organizations.

Gov. Bob Holden announced on May 6 that approximately $701,612 has been awarded to local law enforcement agencies through the federal Local Law Enforcement Block Grant program (LLEBG).

The Memphis PD grant will be used to purchase bullet-proof vests for each officer. The department was also seeking funding to purchase in-car video cameras but that portion of the grant application was rejected.

Of the 194 agencies that applied for funding in Missouri, 107 of those agencies were chosen to receive the Local Law Enforcement Block Grants for the purpose of reducing crime and improving public safety. Funds will be used to purchase officer safety equipment such as radios, ballistic vests and items to facilitate the safe and secure transport of prisoners.

"I am pleased that these funding opportunities are available to assist local law enforcement efforts," Holden said. "Keeping our law enforcement officers safe is a priority of mine, and through this grant we are able to further assist in that safety effort."

The LLEBG program originated in the Local Government Law Enforcement Block Grant Act of 1995 and appropriations are authorized under the Omnibus Fiscal Year 1996 Appropriations Act (Public Law 104-134). This program is made available through the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and is administered by the Missouri Department of Public Safety.

Local Law Enforcement Block Grant contracts are awarded only to law enforcement agencies through their respective city or county. A 10-percent cash match of the total cost of the application is required from each law enforcement agency with the application request not to exceed more than $10,000.

The Kahoka Police Department received a $3,168 grant through the program.

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