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Violent crime target of new round of Ohio grants

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(The Center Square) – Nearly 20 local Ohio law enforcement agencies can get updated training and new technology to help solve violent crimes with $1.6 million in taxpayer-funded grants.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced the continuation of the Ohio Violent Crime Reduction Grant Program, which began in 2021 and has since handed out more than $81 million.

“The overall goal of this program is to help law enforcement implement public safety strategies that meet the unique needs of their communities, ” DeWine said. “Many agencies have reported success in solving and preventing crime because of these grants, and I’m glad we’re able to continue supporting local communities through this program.”

The new grants are the 13th round of expenditures for the program, which offers money to help local agencies with overtime costs, new technology to support crime reduction, targeted patrols in high-crime areas and other initiatives.

More than 175 agencies have received money over the three-year life of the program.

Agencies receiving grants include:

· Akron Police Department (Summit County): $125,125.20

· Athens County Sheriff’s Office, $42,500

·Canton Police Department (Stark County): $42,125

·Cincinnati Police Department (Hamilton County): $90,717.12

·Cleveland State University Police Department (Cuyahoga County): $44,428.38

·Eaton Police Division (Preble County): $20,000

·Elyria Police Department (Lorain County): $89,436.20

·Garfield Heights Police Department (Cuyahoga County): $403,295

·Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office: $40,000

·Madison Township Police Department (Franklin County): $155,536

·Mansfield Division of Police (Richland County): $120,000

·Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office: $85,000

·Painesville Police Department (Lake County), $145,625

·Perkins Township Police Department (Erie County): $26,500

·Pierce Township Police Department (Clermont County): $30,000

·Steubenville Police Department (Jefferson County): $65,520

·Toledo Police Department (Lucas County): $83,333.33

·Union Township Police Department (Clermont): $49,000

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