CHARLESTON — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced 38 agencies statewide will receive Justice Assistance Grant Funds totaling $1,326,408.
These funds will be used to assist state agencies, local units of government, and private non-profit agencies in carrying out specific programs that offer a high probability of improving the functionality of the criminal justice system. Special emphasis was placed on multi-jurisdictional projects and statewide projects that seek to create and/or retain jobs in the criminal justice system in West Virginia.
These funds are provided by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance and are administered by the West Virginia Division of Justice and Community Services.
Among those to receive funds were:
• The Logan County Commission received $36,000. The funds will provide for a Violent Crime Prosecutor for Logan County.
• The Logan County Commission received $50,000. The funds will provide for officer salaries to continue a multi-jurisdictional drug and violent crime task force.
• The McDowell County Commission received $30,000. The funds will provide for two Prevention Resources Officers (PRO) at Mount View High School and River View High School.
• The West Virginia State Police received $205,748. The funds will provide overtime for BCI drug and violent crime task force officers.
• The West Virginia Child Advocacy Network received $23,500. The funds will provide for a Training and Education Specialist for the West Virginia Child Advocacy Network.