While attending a police graduation ceremony in Ohio with President Barack Obama, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown on Friday, March 6, announced that Preble County is among area communities eligible for a share in $61,645,375 in funds for crime prevention and law enforcement.

The federal funds were passed as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and were released to counties and municipalities Friday by the U.S. Department of Justice's Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program.

According to information provided by the EBM JAG allocation program, the Eaton Police Division is eligible to receive $10,240, while Preble County is eligible for $15,905.

"Crime prevention and safety efforts must not be compromised in times of economic downturn," Brown said. "These funds will create jobs and ensure that our communities have the resources they need to keep Ohioans safe."

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