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Mid-Ohio Valley communities awarded Justice Assistance Grants

Several Mid-Ohio Valley communities have been awarded more than $100,000 in grants to support...
Several Mid-Ohio Valley communities have been awarded more than $100,000 in grants to support prevention resource officers and other law-enforcement efforts.(WBRC)
Published: Nov. 18, 2020 at 10:22 AM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WTAP) - Several Mid-Ohio Valley communities have been awarded a share of nearly $1 million in Justice Assistance Grants by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice.

In Wood County, the city of Parkersburg will receive $15,000 to support a bicycle patrol officer; the city of Vienna will receive $30,000 to support a prevention resource officer and $15,000 to provide for officer salaries to continue a multi-jurisdictional drug and violent crime task force; and the city of Williamstown and the Wood County Commission will receive $15,000 each to support prevention resource officers.

Elsewhere, the Wirt County Commission will get $11,665 to support a prevention resource officer, and the cities of Ravenswood and Ripley will each get $15,000 to support a prevention resource officer.

The JAG program provides funding 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 functioning of the criminal justice system, Justice’s office said in a news release. 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.

“I’m extremely proud to be able to award this grant funding because I know it is going to greatly benefit dozens of communities across West Virginia,” Justice said. “At the end of the day, anything we can do to make our criminal justice system better is a win in my book. I love and appreciate the great West Virginians working in our justice system with all my soul, and I’m excited to see where this program will take us.”

These funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs and administered by the West Virginia Division of Justice and Community Services.

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