Archive for Thursday, July 24, 2003

Sheriff’s department receives federal grants

July 24, 2003

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius announced recently that the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Department will receive two separate federal grants totaling nearly $156,000 to create safer communities.

This year, the formula has awarded more than $6.1 million to 62 applicants throughout Kansas. There were 84 requests.

The Leavenworth County Sheriff's Department will use one grant, nearly $10,000, to purchase necessary equipment and training for the Sheriff's Tactical Team. The purpose of the grant is to enhance the effectiveness of the team, while ensuring officer and community safety.

The second grant, roughly $146,000, will be used to begin two new programs aimed at assisting crime victims in Leavenworth County. A police response program will provide services to victims of domestic violence on the scene when law enforcement is called to a domestic violence incident. Second, a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program will provide victims of sexual assault with a specially trained nurse examiner who will perform forensic sexual examinations.

The federal formula grant program is a partnership among federal, state and local governments to create safer communities and improved criminal justice systems. The grant is awarded by the Bureau of Justice Programs in the U.S. Department of Justice. The bureau is authorized to award grants to states for use by units of state and local government to improve the functioning of the criminal justice system, and to enforce state and local laws that establish offenses similar to those in the Federal Controlled Substances Act.

The Kansas Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, created by the 1994 legislature, reviews all the Kansas requests for the grants. One of the duties of the Council is to develop and oversee reporting of all criminal justice federal funding available to the state or local units of government.

Grants may be used to provide personnel, equipment, training, technical assistance and information systems for more widespread apprehension, prosecution, adjudication, detention and rehabilitation of offenders who violate such state and local laws. Grants also may be used to provide assistance (other than compensation) to victims of these offenders.

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