More than $1.5 million in federal money is being offered to law
enforcement agencies in
The money, part of the economic stimulus package, was added to an existing program known as the Edward Byrne Justice Assistant Grants, which is designed to get more police on the street, more training and equipment to agencies, and more help for crime victims, Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., said.
The White House is promising to review all requests and approve or reject them within two weeks, a Cantwell spokeswoman said.
The program divides the money between states and local
governments. Under its formula, the City of
Spokane Mayor Mary Verner said the city got notice of the money on Friday afternoon and hasn’t had a chance to figure out yet what they would request as uses for the grant. She has formed a committee of senior city staff to keep track of federal and state stimulus and other money directed to the city “to make sure that we’re making the absolute best use of these dollars.”
“We want to be very strategic in how we use this money because we know it’s one-time money,” Verner said.
In recent years,