MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama agencies and cities have received more than $5.1 million in grant money from the U.S. Department of Justice to control and prevent crime.
U.S. Attorney George Beck said in a statement Thursday that the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs Law Enforcement received the largest grant of more than $3.3 million. The funding will be used to support the drug and violent crime task forces around the State of Alabama.
ADECA also was awarded a separate grant of $421,875 to improve the juvenile justice system and reduce juvenile delinquency. The grant will be used to improve youth mentoring, aid in the prevention of truancy and dropouts, implement graduated sanctions for juveniles involved in the court system, and increase parent and family assistance.
The Traffic Safety Division, the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences got more than $1.1 million in grant funds, which will be used to update equipment used to process DNA samples.
Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center was awarded $70,000. The award will help officers by making secure Internet tools for law enforcement agencies and aid in the production of annual statistical publications.
Alexander City, Auburn, Montgomery, Phenix City and Tuskegee also received grant funds.