TOPEKA, KAN. – Law enforcement agencies in Kansas will receive a total of $2.7 million in federal grants to fight violent crime, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said today.
The grants include:
- $1 million to the City of Wichita from the Community Based Crime Reduction program for enforcement focused on crime hotspots in the city.
- $999,958 to Wyandotte County from the Community Based Crime Reduction program for enforcement focused on crime hotspots.
- $782,324 to the Executive Office of the State of Kansas for improvements to the electronic record system for criminal justice and background checks.
The awards are part of $458 million in Justice Department funding announced today by Attorney General William P. Barr.
“The safety of Kansas communities is at the top of our priorities,” McAllister said. “These resources will help support innovative, tested and diverse solutions to violent crime.”
The funding announced today continues the Trump administration’s commitment to reducing crime and improving public safety Recent data from the FBI and the Bureau of Justice Statistics for 2019 show a drop in crime and serious victimization for the third year in a row. However, a number of cities are experiencing increases in crime. Today’s grants will bolster crime-fighting efforts in those communities and in jurisdictions throughout the United States.
“Violence has become a tragic reality in too many of America’s communities,” said Office of Justice Programs Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan. “Working with officials across the Trump Administration and with thousands of state, local and tribal crime-fighters across the country, the Department of Justice is leading the response to this urgent challenge. OJP is pleased to make these resources available to support innovative, tested and diverse solutions to violent crime.”