U.S. Attorneys announce $4.85 million to fight violent crimes in WV

U.S. Attorneys announce $4.85 million to combat violent crimes in WV

Posted: Nov 5, 2020 / 12:52 PM EST
Updated: November 5, 2020 / 12:52 PM EST

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CHARLESTON, WV (WVNS) – US attorneys Bill Powell and Mike Stuart announced that more than $ 4.85 million in grants from the Department of Justice will help combat and prevent violent crime in West Virginia.

The grants are part of more than $ 458 million in Justice Department funding to support local, state and tribal law enforcement efforts to combat violent crime across the country.

“I am grateful for this funding from the Justice Department, which will continue to support law enforcement efforts to reduce violent crime,” said US attorney Mike Stuart. “We will continue to work closely with our federal, state, and local partners to keep West Virginia communities safe.”

Bill Powell added, “I am proud to announce funding that will help law enforcement agencies protect our great state for all of us. We must continue our good work to ensure that West Virginia continues to be “almost heaven.”

The following organizations received funding:

BJA Project Safe Neighborhoods ($ 166,713) Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) efforts include combating criminal gangs and criminal possession and use of firearms. PSN works with local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve in a unified approach led by a U.S. attorney in all 94 districts. Information on the awards can be found here.

  • Northern District of West Virginia: $ 88,955
  • Southern District of West Virginia: $ 77,758

BJA Edward Byrne Judicial Assistance Grant (JAG) ($ 1,575 million) The Byrne JAG supports a wide range of initiatives to prevent and reduce violent crime. It also provides funding to assist crime victims and support efforts in enforcement, law enforcement, decision-making, incarceration and rehabilitation. Byrne JAG awards local, tribal, state, District of Columbia, and territorial awards through separate requests.

  • City of Cycling: USD 40,284
  • Martinsburg City: USD 10,797
  • Morgantown City: $ 12,783
  • Berkeley County: $ 10,846
  • Marion County: $ 10,507
  • Monongalia County: $ 15,833
  • Randolph County: $ 10,120
  • Huntington City: $ 60,862
  • City of Charleston: $ 81,005
  • Parkersburg City: USD 30,165
  • Beckley City: $ 23,241
  • Bluefield City: USD 15,833
  • City of South Charleston: $ 10,216
  • Kanawha County: $ 42,802
  • Wood County: $ 15,300
  • Fayette County: $ 10,652
  • Jackson County: $ 12,056
  • Logan County: $ 15,639
  • Mercer County: $ 11,233
  • Nicholas County: $ 22,031
  • Putnam County: $ 24,500
  • Raleigh County: $ 15,785
  • West Virginia State: $ 1,072,540

National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NARIP) ($ 1.73 million) NARIP provides financial and technical assistance to states and tribes to improve the completeness, automation, and submission of records to state and federal systems used by NCIS.

  • West Virginia Court of Appeal: $ 1,739,332

National Criminal History Improvement Program ($ 1.37M) NCHIP improves the quality, completeness and accessibility of criminal record information for state, territorial and federal systems used by the NICS and ensures the nationwide implementation of background check systems for criminal and non-criminal justice systems.

  • West Virginia Justice and Community Services: $ 1,374,733