Posted: Jul 12, 2012 1:10 PM by KPAX/KAJ Media Center
Updated: Jul 12, 2012 1:15 PM
WASHINGTON- A trio of Montana law enforcement agencies are picking up some help from the federal government.
Senator Max Baucus announced Thursday that U.S. Department of Justice Department grants will be used to purchase new equipment to improve community safety in Lake County, Ravalli County and Helena.
"Montana law enforcement officers deserve the right tools to protect our communities and return home safely to their families each night," said Baucus. "These investments keep our main streets safe and support the hard work of our cops."
"The Montana Board of Crime Control awards these funds in order to help law enforcement agencies prevent victimization and fight crime in communities across our state and on tribal lands. The Justice Assistance Grant awards are central to our efforts to help keep Montanans safe," said Brooke Marshall, Executive Director of the Montana Board of Crime Control.
Baucus announced the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) is providing over $13,800 is headed to the Lake County Sheriff's Department and over $10,700 to the Ravalli County Sheriff's Department.
The Lake County money will be used to "purchase new equipment to enhance response times and investigation of incidents while improving department's efficiency," according to a news release. Ravalli County's grant will be used for laptop computers for the sheriff's patrol fleet.