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Gov. Mike DeWine awards $3.7 million to Ohio law enforcement agencies to combat violent crimes

Over the next few months, Gov. DeWine will award nearly $58 million across the state of Ohio to help fight violent crimes.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — EDITOR'S NOTE: The video above is from a previous story featuring Gov. DeWine.

Governor Mike DeWine is helping law enforcement agencies across the state combat violence, including several in Northeast Ohio. 

On Monday, DeWine announced that he is awarding $3.7 million to 21 local law enforcement agencies. Departments in Cuyahoga, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Richland, Stark, Summit, and Trumbull counties will be among those receiving grants.

The 21 agencies that received funding are the first beneficiaries of Governor DeWine’s new Ohio Violent Crime Reduction Grant Program, which was created last year to help hold criminals who committed violent crimes accountable.

“This is just the beginning of our concentrated efforts to give local law enforcement the specific tools they need to combat crime through localized strategies,” said DeWine in a statement. “There is no one-size-fits-all approach to fighting crime, and I am dedicated to helping our local agencies prevent violence using the methods they know will make the most difference in their local neighborhoods.”  

The law enforcement agencies that were rewarded with the money can use the grant to enhance their violence reduction initiatives or launch new efforts towards combating violence. 

Over the course of the upcoming months, DeWine's office will award nearly $58 million across the state of Ohio as part of the grant program.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The video above is from March 23, 2022, when Gov. DeWine gave his State of the State address. 

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