$1.2 million in federal funds awarded to support anti-drug efforts in Michigan

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder has announced that criminal justice agencies across the state will receive $1.2 million in federal grants to strengthen anti-drug and crime fighting efforts in Michigan. The funding is made possible through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) Program.

“Protecting Michigan citizens is a top priority and these grants will go a long way toward improving the technology and tools that support our public safety community,” Snyder said.

Byrne JAG grants are named in honor of New York City Police Department Officer Edward Byrne. Byrne was fatally shot by drug traffickers in 1988, while on assignment protecting a witness in a drug case.

Locally, the Benzie County Sheriff’s Department will receive $18,875 for technolgy enhancement projects.

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