Western Kansas agency earns state grant
Special to The Hays Daily News
Ellis County's Northwest Kansas Community Corrections will receive just more than $90,000 in grant money from the state as part of a program detailed by the governor's office. It was one of 24 grant recipients announced Monday.
Gov. Sam Brownback announced the grant recipients of the 2014 Federal Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program. JAG funding helps strengthen partnerships for safe communities and enhance the state's capacity to prevent, solve, and control crime. Local and statewide criminal justice agencies and support organizations will receive $2,865,208 for their criminal justice projects.
"Kansas has an impressive network of agencies and organizations committed to making our state a safer place to live, work, and raise a family. JAG funding helps strengthen their partnership for safe communities and enhance the state's capacity to prevent, solve and control crime," Brownback said.
The Kansas Criminal Justice Coordinating Council oversees the criminal justice federal funding made available to Kansas through the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance. The KCJCC includes the Governor, Attorney General, Supreme Court Chief Justice, Corrections Secretary, Superintendent of the Kansas Highway Patrol, Juvenile Justice Authority Commissioner, and Kansas Bureau of Investigation Director.
"These grants will help improve public safety and provide critical assistance to victims of crime," said Attorney General Derek Schmidt, who serves as KCJCC chairman.
Also in western Kansas, Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center in Scott County will receive $52,000 to provide forensic interviewing and advocacy for child abuse victims.
Statewide agencies receiving grants include the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Kansas Department of Administration, Kansas Department of Corrections, Kansas Highway Patrol and Kansas Supreme Court.