Justice Department Announces More Than $376 Million In Awards To Promote Public Safety

News Release, US States Attorney’s Office, District of Maryland

$5,271,746 Will Support Crime-Fighting Efforts in Maryland

Baltimore, Maryland – United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur announced today that the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs has awarded more than $376 million in grant funding to enhance state, local and tribal law enforcement operations and reinforce public safety efforts in jurisdictions across the United States. More than $5 million will support public safety activities in Maryland.

“DOJ is able to partner with state and local law enforcement and communities that are working to improve public safety by providing grant funding and resources,” said United States Attorney Robert K. Hur. “These much needed grant funds will assist in our fight to reduce violent crime in Maryland, and will help fund programs to enhance crime prevention efforts in our local communities”

“Crime and violence hold families, friends and neighborhoods hostage, and they rip communities apart,” said OJP Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan. “These programs help restore the health and safety of crime-ravaged communities by supporting prevention activities, aiding in the apprehension and prosecution of perpetrators, facilitating appropriate sentencing and adjudication, and providing communities and their residents the means for recovery and healing.”

The awards support an array of crime-fighting initiatives, including the quarter-billion dollar Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grants Program, which funds public safety efforts in 929 state, local and tribal jurisdictions. Funding also supports sex offender registration and notification, law enforcement-based victim services, the testing of sexual assault kits, and programs designed to address youth with sexual behavioral problems. Other awards will focus on wrongful convictions, intellectual property enforcement, innovative prosecution strategies and the safety and effectiveness of corrections systems.

The following awards were made to organizations in the District of Maryland.

FY2019 Byrne JAG ProgramAnne Arundel County, Maryland2019-DJ-BX-0838$154,218
Hagerstown Police Department Anti-Chronic & Violent Crime InitiativeCity of Hagerstown2019-DJ-BX-0449$18,769
FY 2019 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant ProgramBoard of Commissioners of Washington County, Maryland2019-DJ-BX-0297$17,075
Law Enforcement Emergency Teleconference system and E-ticketing equipmentCecil County Sheriffs Office2019-DJ-BX-0512$14,233
Enhancing Law Enforcement ServicesCity of Cambridge2019-DJ-BX-0346$11,835
Salisbury Police – Night Vision Monocular UnitsSalisbury Police Department2019-DJ-BX-0590$24,347
FY2019 JAG – Baltimore County, MarylandBaltimore, County of2019-DJ-BX-0837$321,731
Community Mobile Outreach TrailerCity of Annapolis2019-DJ-BX-0920$17,205
FY 2019 JAG ProgramHoward County Maryland2019-DJ-BX-0841$57,349
FY 2019 JAG ProgramPrince Georges County Government2019-DJ-BX-0839$199,889
JAG FY19 Less Lethal ProjectCity of Cumberland2019-DJ-BX-0159$12,278
2019 Frederick Technology and Equipment GrantCity of Frederick2019-DJ-BX-0836$43,220
Harford County Sheriff’s Office Emergency EquipmentHarford County Maryland2019-DJ-BX-0843$30,239
Baltimore City, Maryland JAG Round 15City of Baltimore2019-DJ-BX-0842$859,773
FY 19 Local JAGSt. Marys County Government2019-DJ-BX-0241$16,762
Charles County’s Officer Safety and Drug Court Support ProgramCharles County Government2019-DJ-BX-0840$40,796
Edward Byrne Justice Memorial Assistance GrantState of Maryland2019-MU-BX-0019$3,432,027

Information about the programs and awards announced today is availablehere. For more information about OJP awards, visit theOJP Awards Data webpage.

The Office of Justice Programs, directed by Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan, provides federal leadership, grants, training and technical assistance, and other resources to improve the nation’s capacity to prevent and reduce crime, assist victims and enhance the rule of law by strengthening the criminal and juvenile justice systems. More information about OJP and its components can be found at www.ojp.gov.


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