Several northwest Kansas criminal justice agencies are among 28 state agencies receiving a total of almost $2.5 million in federal grants.

The awards from the federal Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistant Grant Program were announced this week by Gov. Laura Kelly’s office.

Northwest Kansas Community Corrections, based in Hays, received $87,837. It also has offices in Norton and Colby.

The Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center, based in Scott City with offices in Hays and Colby, received $160,000.

The Graham County Sheriff's Office received $48,750.

The grant program is a partnership among federal, state and local governments to create safer communities and improve criminal justice systems, according to a press release from the governor’s office.

“The funds will go a long way in supporting our law enforcement agencies and criminal justice programs,” Kelly said. “These organization work hard to protect our communities, and need tools in place to create a safer environment for all Kansans.”

The JAG program provides critical funding to support a range of program areas such as law enforcement, corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, technology improvement, prevention activities, crime victim services and mental health programs.