On February 27, 2009, President Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the “Recovery Act”). The Recovery Act provides the U.S. Department of Justice with funding to assist state, local, and tribal law enforcement.
Recently, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, and the Police Departments in Arvada, Edgewater, Golden, Lakewood, and Wheat Ridge, received a local solicitation, of a one-time grant award, from the Department of Justice through the Edward Byrne Memorial JAG for the amount of $888,280. This money is awarded based upon a formula of population and Part I violent crimes. Representatives of these agencies plan to apply this funding to the hiring of personnel, purchase of equipment and supplies, and providing services for offender re-entry programs and alcohol/drug abuse counseling.
The Lakewood Police Department, serving as Grant Applicant, will host a public hearing on the use of the Recovery Act: Justice Assistance Grant award in the amount of $888,280. The hearing will be held at 2:00 p.m. on May 21, 2009, in the Community Room 01 at the Jefferson County Government Offices, 100 Jefferson County Parkway, Golden, Colorado. The goal of the Recovery Act is to invest in the American workforce. The funding opportunity is designed to reduce crime and provide public safety by assisting law enforcement agencies with the hiring of personnel; purchase of equipment, technology, or other materials directly related to law enforcement functions. Community members are welcome to attend the public hearing to provide input into the proposed use of the funds.
For further information regarding this grant, or submission of written input, contact Cathy Schultz, Lakewood Police Department, 445 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood, CO 80226, or call 303-987-7371.