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Klobuchar Announces Funding for Pine/Kanabec Law Enforcement

Monday, March 9th, 2009 at 5:14 am

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar announced, Friday, that northeast Minnesota municipalities will receive $592,694 for law enforcement efforts as part of the recently passed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  Klobuchar, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, says the funding will help local municipalities at a time when cities are facing the prospect of deep budget cuts and layoffs.  In total, Minnesota will receive more than $29 million in federal funding in Byrne Grants to help save and create jobs for those tasked with the important role of keeping local communities safe.

“One of the first effects of a bad economy is a spike in crime,” said Klobuchar, who was Hennepin County’s chief prosecutor for eight years before her election to the U.S. Senate.  “This funding will help law enforcement with the increase in crime while providing jobs and much needed resources to local municipalities facing budget shortfalls.”

The funding was disbursed today by the Obama Administration and the Department of Justice.  Byrne Grants provide support to local law enforcement authorities for multi-jurisdictional drug task forces, anti-gang efforts, specialized prosecutors and other crime-fighting initiatives.  Funding breakdown by county and city:

Ø  Kanabec County, $15,156

Ø  Pine County, $26,856

Ø  Crow Wing County, $24,463

Ø  Brainerd City, $45,469

Ø  Koochiching County and International Falls City, $13,827

Ø  St. Louis County, $43,608

Ø  Duluth City, $273,347

Ø  Eveleth City, $10,370

Ø  Hibbing City, $11,966

Ø  Virginia City, $33,238

Ø  Aitkin County, $13,029

Ø  Carlton County, $11,168

Ø  Cloquet City, $16,486

Ø  Grand Rapids City, $10,104

Ø  Hubbard County, $12,231

Ø  Itasca County, $31,376

Emphasizing the need to help local governments deal with shrinking budgets, Senator Klobuchar worked to ensure the inclusion of Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grants during consideration of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act earlier this year.

“I’ve always believed that the first responsibility of government is to protect the safety of its citizens,’’ said Klobuchar.  “And I believe that responsibility begins right here – at the local level in our neighborhoods and our communities, where people live and work. To fulfill that essential responsibility, our local police need the support of our government in Washington.”

Klobuchar has also been active in fighting to keep Byrne grant funding that the Bush Administration had sought to eliminate.  Last year Minnesota received almost $2.1 million in Byrne grants.

President Obama and Attorney General Holder announced today the dispersal of $2 billion in funding allocated by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for state and local law enforcement assistance available through the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance.  Specifically, the funding goes towards:

·         Law enforcement programs.

·         Prosecution and court programs.

·         Prevention and education programs.

·         Corrections and community corrections programs.

·         Drug treatment and enforcement programs.

·         Planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs.

·         Crime victim and witness programs (other than compensation).

In addition to the crime-fighting funds announced today, last week, Senator Klobuchar announced that over $3.65 million in federal funds for law enforcement programs are included in the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009, which is currently being considered by the Senate.

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