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On Monday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced millions of dollars of funding for several local law enforcement agencies.
A news release said $3.9 million would go to 16 local law enforcement agencies -- including the Cleveland Division of Police -- to help them combat violence in their communities.
During a visit to Springfield, Ohio, on Monday, DeWine said the money is part of DeWine's Ohio Violent Crime Reduction Grant Program.
"To keep our communities safe, it's critical that our law enforcement agencies have the right tools to go after the small group of repeat offenders who illegally carry firearms with the sole intent of hurting people," said Governor DeWine. "By providing this support, we're helping our peace officers proactively prevent violence, and we're also helping law enforcement maintain the staffing levels they need to protect our communities."
In total, DeWine will award approximately $58 million as part of the grant program in the coming months.
Specifically, the Cleveland Division of Police will receive $1,747,101.01 to "expand work to deter youth from gang involvement; purchase a National Integrated Ballistics Network (NIBIN) system to aid in solving gun crimes; and expand the number of Violent Crime Reduction Teams that immediately respond to violent crimes in the city," the news release stated.
Below is the breakdown of other agencies receiving grants:
- Austintown Township Police Department (Mahoning County): $281,800.00
- Beverly Police Department (Washington County): $11,833.00
- Bratenahl Police Department (Cuyahoga County): $89,500.00
- Cadiz Police Department (Harrison County): $29,796.00
- Coldwater Police Department (Mercer County): $36,600.00
- Gallia County Sheriff's Office: $109,586.88
- Marietta Police Department (Washington County): $228,085.00
- Mentor Police Department (Lake County): $186,000.00
- Milton Township Police Department (Mahoning County): $18,000.00
- Pomeroy Police Department (Meigs County): $16,933.00
- Portsmouth Police Department (Scioto County): $280,211.36
- Scioto County Sheriff's Department: $285,424.44
- Sebring Police Department (Mahoning County): $51,521.00
- Springfield Police Division is receiving a grant of $305,206.94
- Whitehall Police Department (Franklin County) will receive $633,966.00
To date, Governor DeWine has awarded $9.6 million to 44 Ohio law enforcement agencies.