FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 01, 2011


Missouri awards more than $1.3 million in drug task force and law enforcement grants to fight crime in St. Louis region

Grants will help ensure continued strength of Missouri's important multi-jurisdictional drug task forces

The Missouri Department of Public Safety announced today that law enforcement agencies in the St. Louis area were awarded more than $1.3 million in grants designed to combat illegal drugs and drug-related crimes, and to strengthen law enforcement efforts. The grants will help ensure the continued strength of Missouri's multi-jurisdictional drug task forces during tight budget times.
"These grants are designed to make Missouri communities safer and stronger by bolstering the state's   highly effective multi-jurisdictional drug task forces in the battle against drugs and drug-related crime," said Department of Public Safety Director John M. Britt. "The grants should make a real difference by allowing these law enforcement agencies to continue to devote significant resources to the fight against illegal drugs.”
The initiatives receiving a portion of the $1,331,465 in grants awarded in the St. Louis area are: ·    The North County M.E.G. Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force in Bridgeton will receive $51,021 ·    The Automating Evidence Management to Maintain Evidentiary Integrity Program of the Creve Coeur Police Department will receive $15,378 ·    The Mineral Area Drug Task Force in Farmington will receive $116,432 ·    The Franklin County Narcotics Enforcement Unit will receive $105,746 ·    The St. Charles County Regional Drug Task Force will receive $234,719 ·    The Domestic and Sexual Abuse Investigation Project of the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office will receive $33,168 ·    The Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force in St. Louis County will receive $274,866 ·    The Metro Multi-Jurisdictional Undercover Drug Program of the St. Louis Metro Police Department will receive $235,450 ·    The Jefferson County Municipal Enforcement Group will receive $265,285
Including these St. Louis area initiatives, a total of $7,135,243 in federal Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants (JAG) is being awarded to 27 multi-jurisdictional drug task forces operated by counties and municipalities; one program that responds to clandestine methamphetamine labs and provides important supplies to emergency response personnel; two prosecutorial efforts to combat drugs; one program focused on preventing drug use through education and early intervention; one prosecutorial program to investigate sexual and domestic abuse;  two law enforcement agencies for records management system purchases; three law enforcement agencies for equipment purchases; and one program that assists the Department of Public Safety develop crime fighting strategy.
The grants will utilize $1,340,236 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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