WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced today that $703,200 in federal funding has been awarded to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office under the Department of Justice’s Assistance to Rural Law Enforcement to Combat Crime and Drugs Program. The funds, which were included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will be used to hire new law enforcement officers and reinstate officers who were laid off due to budget cuts.
“Improving Putnam County’s law enforcement and crime prevention efforts is essential to maintaining the high standard of living area residents deserve,” Brown said. “These federal funds will help protect our streets and keep our communities safe.”
The economic downturn has caused counties to slash funding from critical law enforcement programs. These recovery funds are expected to provide much-needed relief and will allow the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office to hire new law enforcement officers and reinstate officers who were recently laid off to protect citizens of the county.
The hiring of additional officers will address staff shortages at the Putnam County Courthouse. The funds will be used to protect judges and courthouse employees and support the Multi-Area Narcotics Unit, which combats drug-related activity and crime in the county.
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.