WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced today that $128,001 in federal funding has been awarded to Union County to expand staff in law enforcement agencies.  The federal funds, made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 are allocated through the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Edward Byrne Memorial Competitive Grant Program.

“This is a vital investment in the safety and well-being of Union County residents,” Brown said. “It’s critical that local justice systems have the resources necessary to protect all Ohioans.”

Union County will use the grant award to hire new staff and increase support for officers.

According to the DOJ, The Recovery Act Edward Byrne Memorial Competitive Grant Program (Byrne Competitive Program) will help communities: 1) prevent and reduce violent crime through community-based data-driven approaches; 2) provide funding for neighborhood-based probation and parole officers; 3) reduce mortgage fraud and crime related to vacant properties; 4) hire civilian support personnel in law enforcement; 5) enhance forensic and crime scene investigations; 6) improve resources and services for victims of crime; 7) support problem-solving courts; and 8) develop national training and technical assistance partnerships.

For more information about recovery funding opportunities, please visit Brown’s recovery Web page HERE