The Conway Police Department and the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office will receive the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant, which the two agencies jointly applied for earlier this summer.
The announcement was made by the Arkansas Delegation on Friday.
The two agencies will receive $23,097, with each receiving approximately $11,548.50. According to Executive assistant to the Chief of Police Dara Tapley, the agencies have applied for the funding numerous times in the past.
FCSO Chief Deputy Matt Rice previously said the sheriff’s office planned to use its share of the funds on six stun guns, four bulletproof vests and two radar guns.
Tapley said, in July, the police department plans to use its funds on 13 patrol rifles. Tapley said the department usually uses its funding on surveillance equipment.
The release states 15 Arkansas agencies will receive almost $850,000 through the grant. Bureau of Justice statistics show Arkansas agencies were awarded more than $3.35 million in allocated funds in 2012.
Bureau statistics also show that $115.3 million was given to local governments last year, and $173 million was given to state governments.
The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant is administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, a component of the Office of Justice Programs within the U.S. Department of Justice.
Funding from the grant can be used in areas of law enforcement, prosecution and courts, crime prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, planning, evaluation, technology improvement, and crime victim and witness initiatives, according to the BJA website.
Grant money cannot be used on luxury items, real estate and construction projects, among other items.
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