Jul 28 2005

Graham Announces $5.8 Million for South Carolina Department of Public Safety

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the South Carolina Department of Public Safety will receive a $5,802,326 grant to support crime prevention and control activates. The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant will be used to improve cooperative efforts among federal, state, and local agencies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the criminal justice system. Funds will primarily be used to address the lack of resources available to law enforcement. In addition, money will be spent to improve criminal justice records, court system efficiency, substance abuse treatment, and crime prevention. Graham noted that several cities and one county were also awarded grants under the same program yesterday:
  • The City of Aiken will receive $14,282 to purchase nine computers which will allow officers in the field to download information to the main computer in the station.
  • The City of Conway will receive $21,843 to purchase a digital recording system to be placed in the dispatch center.
  • The City of North Myrtle Beach will receive $10,722 to purchase tasers.
  • Sumter County will receive $59,529 to purchase mobile data terminals, tasers, and bullet proof vests.
  • The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice. ####