COLUMBUS, Ohio — Three Northeast Ohio law enforcement agencies were awarded grant money by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine in an effort to help combat violent crime and protect their communities.
The Cuyahoga Falls Police Department, the Medina County Sherriff's Office and the Sheffield Village Police Department were all awarded money as part of the second round of Governor DeWine’s Ohio Violent Crime Reduction Grant Program.
- The Cuyahoga Falls Police Department (Summit County) will receive $40,000 to enhance ongoing recruitment efforts through a 20-week radio campaign targeting likely police candidates.
- The Medina County Sheriff's Office will receive $1,469,209.41 to hire six deputies to improve public safety by increasing law enforcement presence and enhancing community policing initiatives that engage the public. The additional personnel will also allow for an increase in the number of outstanding warrants served.
- The Sheffield Village Police Department (Lorain County) will receive $257,244.84
to hire two full-time patrol officers to increase law enforcement presence and enhance public safety.
"To protect the public, we need to keep our law enforcement agencies fully staffed," said Governor DeWine. "These grants will help agencies recruit and retain officers to ensure that there are enough law enforcement officers patrolling the streets and preventing crime."
The funding is intended to be used for recruitment, retention and the hiring of law enforcement officers.
In April, Governor DeWine awarded $3.7 million in the first round of awards for the Ohio Violent Crime Reduction Grant Program. When fully paid out, the Governor will award approximately $58 million to various law enforcement agencies throughout the State of Ohio in the coming months.
Editor's Note: The video above is from Governor DeWine's visit to Cleveland's Real Time Crime Center posted on May 23, 2022.