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Cook County Awards Local Municpalities and Nonprofits More than $1 Million

News Date: 
Monday, Jun 15, 2015 - 01:30

Cook County’s Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) announced today that it has awarded $1,207,350 to law enforcement agencies and nonprofit organizations from around Cook County through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG)

The JAG program provides states and local governments with critical funding for:

  • law enforcement
  • prosecution and court programs
  • prevention and education programs
  • corrections and community corrections
  • drug treatment and enforcement
  • crime victim and witness initiatives
  • planning, evaluation and technology improvement programs

The funds will go to support the critical public safety needs of communities. Funds can be used to add additional officers over the summer, improve officer safety through training and equipment and strengthen community policing efforts.

Under the leadership of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, the DHSEM has sought a variety of grant funding sources to help support the county’s 134 municipalities and 30 townships. “Our goal is to ensure Cook County’s municipalities have the resources they need to effectively protect and serve their communities,” said Michael Masters, executive director of the DHSEM.

“One of our most basic responsibilities is to ensure the safety of the residents of our county,” said Preckwinkle. “These grant funds will directly support this critical public safety mission.”

Applicants submitted a budget and budget narrative outlining how JAG funds would be used to support and implement the program. Successful applicants entered into a sub-grant agreement with the DHSEM in order to receive funding. Local law enforcement agencies and non-profit entities within Cook County were eligible to apply for the funding.

For additional information, media may contact Natalia Derevyanny at natalia.derevyanny@cookcountyil.gov or 312.603.8286.

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The Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management integrates first responders, their departments and resources from 134 Cook County municipalities, and serves as the central agency in Cook County for coordinating efforts to prevent, protect against, mitigate the effects of, respond to, and recover from all incidents, whether man-made or natural. For more information, visit our website at www.cookcountyhomelandsecurity.org.