FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 01, 2011


Missouri awards more than $950,000 in drug task force and law enforcement grants to fight crime in Mid-Missouri

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 Mid-Missouri area were awarded more than $950,000 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 $967,480 in grants are: ·    The East Central Drug Task Force in Audrain County will receive $184,991 ·    The Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group in Camden County will receive $253,810 ·    The Mid-Missouri Unified Strike Team and Narcotic Group in Cole County will receive $267,579 ·    The Sheriff's Office in Maries County will receive $9,987 ·    The Mid-Missouri Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force in Morgan County will receive $251,113
Including the Mid-Missouri 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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