WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced today that $480,522 in federal funding has been awarded to the City of Portsmouth under the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Assistance to Rural Law Enforcement to Combat Crime and Drugs Program. The funds, which were included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), will be used to hire new law enforcement officers.
“These funds ensure that Portsmouth residents have access to important resources necessary to keep communities safe,” Brown said. “Improving our law enforcement and crime prevention efforts is essential to maintaining the well-being of all Ohioans.”
The economic downturn has caused counties to slash funding for critical law enforcement programs. These recovery funds will enable the City of Portsmouth to hire three new law enforcement officers to protect citizens of the county. One officer will work to strengthen intelligence operations, and two officers will focus on combating the number of traffic accidents in the area.
The Assistance to Rural Law Enforcement to Combat Crime and Drugs Program supports rural efforts to fight crime and establishes national programs to provide training tailored to rural law enforcement departments.