By 1812Blockhouse; Office of Governor DeWine News Release
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced on Friday that 13 local law enforcement agencies will receive a total of $9.1 million to help prevent and investigate incidents of violent crime in their communities.
The Mansfield Division of Police was one of those receiving funds.
The grants represent the 11th round of the Ohio Violent Crime Reduction Grant Program. To date, Governor DeWine has awarded over $79 million to 159 Ohio law enforcement agencies as part of this program. Approximately $100 million will be awarded to local law enforcement agencies as part of the grant program in total.
“We must ensure that local law enforcement agencies have the resources they need to prevent and investigate violent crime, and these grants support that mission,” said Governor DeWine.
The Mansfield Division of Police will receive $194,000 to purchase new technology to assist in preventing and investigating incidents of violent crime, to hire a crime analyst, and to fund a strategic recruitment campaign to boost its staffing levels.
Next door Crawford County also received funding, as the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office will receive $53,928.16 to purchase new technology to assist in preventing and investigating incidents of violent crime.
Governor DeWine, in partnership with the Ohio General Assembly, created the Ohio Violent Crime Reduction Grant Program last year to give local law enforcement additional tools to address violence, including increases in crime associated with law enforcement retirements and resignations.
The program is funded through both the state operating budget and with American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds that Governor DeWine and the Ohio General Assembly have dedicated to first responders to counter various pressing issues exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, including violent crime. The grants announced today are all funded through ARPA.
The program is administered by the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services within the Ohio Department of Public Safety.