The following is from the U.S. Attorney's Office:
More than $500,000 in federal grants are going to law enforcement agencies in Lawrence, Leavenworth, Hutchinson, Wichita and Kansas City, Kan., U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Friday.
“Law enforcement agencies across Kansas are having to tighten their belts these days,” Grissom said. “These grants will help support them in their efforts to make our communities safer.”
Sedgwick County, the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office, the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office and the Wichita Police Department will receive $362,521 from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistant Grant Program. The grant program is administered by the Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs and the Bureau of Justice Assistance.
Sedgwick County will use grant money to pay for the purchase of a gas chromatograph with infrared spectrometer detector for the Forensic Science Center Chemistry Laboratory. The Sheriff’s Office will purchase stun-cuffs for inmate trustees while they perform work on the grounds outside locked units. The Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office will buy software and laptop computers for court hearings. The Department of Corrections Adult Intensive Supervision Program will use grant funds for drug testing and electronic monitoring on community corrections offenders. The Wichita Police Department will update video and audio recording systems for detectives to use during investigations and pay for undercover vehicle rental for investigations.
The Kansas City, Kan., Police Department and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County will receive $92,743. The police department will use the money to hire staff to support the Teleserve unit. The Teleserve program provides the public with an alternate means of reporting non-emergency offenses including auto break-ins, minor criminal damage to property, telephone harassment and shoplifting.
The City of Lawrence and Douglas County will receive $46,800. The city will use the money to purchase video equipment for law enforcement uses. Douglas County will purchase equipment to assist the Sheriff’s Office to monitor and manage downtown traffic and parades and to capture evidence of criminal activity.
The City of Leavenworth will receive $31,758. The Leavenworth Police Department will use the money to provide first responders with immediate access to the criminal justice system through a mobile data terminal software program. The Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office will purchase air cards for sheriff’s laptops.
The City of Hutchinson will receive $28,556. The funds will be used to purchase equipment for the Hutchinson Police Department and the Reno County Sheriff’s Office.